Apology Accepted?

Yahoo Sport is reporting (http://yhoo.it/HtApbW) that on the heels of The Toronto Maple Leafs missing the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the seventh straight year, that team chairman Larry Tanenbaum has released an open letter of apology to the fans.

In part, the letter reads, “The Toronto Maple Leafs are a public trust with the greatest fans in the world. We have fallen short of everyone’s expectations, and for that we are sorry. We take full responsibility for how this team performs on the ice, and we make no excuses. The way this year ended was unacceptable. Results are the only measure of success in sports and the results speak for themselves.”

What do you make of the open letter of apology? Do you think he was correct? Robin Quivers once said, “An apology might help, but you can your life without one.” While it might be commendable that the apology was issued, who really benefits from it?

So, I’d like to hear from you. Was it appropriate and given a similar set of circumstances would you do it?

 

© 2012 Doug Dickerson

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About dougdickerson

I am an internationally recognized leadership speaker, columnist, and author. My books include: "Leaders Without Borders: 9 Essentials for Everyday Leaders", "Great Leaders Wanted", "Leadership by the Numbers", and "It Only Takes a Minute: Daily Inspiration for Leaders on the Move". I live outside beautiful Charleston, South Carolina.
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