Apologies Are A Sign Of Strength
Source: American Express
There are many ways to get around making a proper apology. You can simply blow it off and just say nothing, taking the "let's just move on" approach. Or you can pass on the blame to others with the "To those who were somehow offended by what I said, sorry" approach - as if it was their fault to find it offensive. We have all been in meetings or discussions where a colleague will simply try to skirt around a mistake or incorrect statement. Such occasions come across as moments of weakness, void of insight and insulting to those watching. We are probably all guilty of this as well.