Saying sorry

It is not the question whether apologies are a sign of strength or weakness. Make apology (only) to reconcile without responsibility or embarrassment. Learn the contexts and purposes of apologies, go beyond generalizations and stereotypes. Develop sensitivity about process, language, and purpose. Practice different uses of apologetic language, from being instrumental to heartfelt. Avoid making apology that is blatantly cynical or self-serving. Take others’ sorry in case that would not encourage bad behavior, if they are accepted.

How would you come out? Share your way

Similar situations

Letting an alliance lapse

Discussing personal beliefs at work

Being blamed

Making a pre-deal

Gossiping

Scorning

Drinking with the buddies

Working with a "shark"

Facing adversaries

Running a favor bank

Reprimanding a colleague

Dropping a hint

Confusing the other

Being left out

Competing internally

Laughing at someone's expense

Finding solution behind the bosses

Passing the buck

Involving HR

Working with a slander monger

Questioning naively

Being passed over for a promotion

Stabbing in the back

Resisting change

Setting up to fail

Conspiring

Listening music or radio at work

Paying back in spades

Acting on emotions

Influencing others

Networking

Getting hostile questions

Clashing over resources

Reporting misconduct

Cooperating or not

Losing a battle

Asking for help

Experiencing prejudice

Being disrespected

Clashing values

Overcoming wardrobe malfunction

Keeping your secrets

Handling difficult conversation

Drinking on the job

Defusing aggression

Feeling unconfortable at work

Using humor at work

Dealing with uncertainty

Being teased by a colleague

Making small talk at work

Defusing a manipulator

Twisting the knife

Mastering workplace competition

Surviving blame firestorm

Winning an argument

Being betrayed

Enjoying work

Being drained from work

Getting even

Socializing with colleagues

Being replaced by younger employee

Moving finish line

Meeting new colleagues

Flirting at work

Working with a disgruntled

Not being listened to

Conflicting coworker

F*cking up

Suffering office insult

Looking worried

Co-worker stealing sale

Making peace

Dealing with workplace bullshit

Training

Working alone

Schmoozing

Being elected as employee representative

Doing favors

Managing time

Presenting results

Breaking up

Rivals being around

Meaning behind words

Flagging up

Thinking in group

Position opening up

Getting a rival while absent

Enjoying break

Preparing to fight

Supporting each other

Introducing a new colleague

Work tech betraying privacy

Supporting the bullied

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