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Grant Schwalbe's Blog – March 2014 Archive (3)

Mitigation Speech in the Fire Service (Part 2) "Off the Fire Ground"

Missing Flight 370 started us on a discussion of mitigation speech on the fire ground.  It’s a concept first written about by Malcolm Gladwell in his book Outliers.  Mitigation speech is a passive form of communication when we “downplay or sugarcoat the meaning of what’s actually being said”.


While talking with my wife the other day she spoke very highly of an acquaintance.  “That girl that is a “straight shooter” and she will give it to you like it is, no fluff.  You know…


Added by Grant Schwalbe on March 24, 2014 at 8:30pm — No Comments

A Missing Plane, Mitigation Speech and The Fire Service (Part 1) On The Fire Ground

As I see all the news reports about the missing Malaysia Airline Flight 370 I wonder how they got off track. Did anyone in the cockpit notice they were off course?  Maybe and maybe not.  If they did recognize the problem, did they speak up to the Captain?  When they spoke up were the comments clear and direct or were they passive hints and suggestions that the pilot never picked up on?


Malcolm Gladwell, in his book “Outliers”, introduces us to what is known as “Mitigation…


Added by Grant Schwalbe on March 14, 2014 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

Clear Expectations or Pet Peeves

I have been an officer on an Engine for almost 9 years. In that time I have worked with different crews and many different personalities.  As my crew changed, I also had to change my style to fit the crew.   What I has taken my nearly all 9 years to figure out is that when people don't do what I want or what I expect, it is most often because they didn't understand what I wanted.  That was tough for me to recognize because I think I am being very clear.  So I am the problem? Yes, at least a…


Added by Grant Schwalbe on March 6, 2014 at 5:00pm — 3 Comments

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