Apologies are all the rage these days, and for the most part, I think that's a good thing. From presidential candidates saying "I was wrong," to mainstream media reporters saying saying I'm sorry, many people in power are learning to fess up to their mistakes without equivocation or purpose of evasion. It's about time.
The truth is, apologizing when you screw up is the very least you can do. I should know, I screw up all the time. But as I tell my 16-year-old daughter, a sincere apology is only the first step. It has to be followed by a change in behavior that demonstrates that lessons have been learned. And in some cases, a great deal more is required.