Section 2(d) - Order
Instead of asking James to try doing anything, say "[one of]James nervously looks up at you with tired eyes. 'I[']ll try, sir, but there[']s so much to do and only so many hours in a day...'[or]'I[']m afraid that will have to wait, sir. These forms have to be out by this evening.'[or]'Of course, sir. I[']ll get on that as soon as I can. But I can[']t promise when I[']ll be done here.'[at random]"