Apologize? Are You Crazy?

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A recent poll suggests that people who apologize - even for things they're not to blame for - are more successful. Can that work on Wall Street?

According to Fortune's report on the Zogby poll, "a person's willingness to apologize was an almost perfect predictor of their place on the income ladder." Those earning over $100,000 a year are almost twice as likely to say "sorry" than people earning $25,000 or less, the survey found.

Okay, that kind of compensation isn't huge by Wall Street standards, but the survey implies a willingness to apologize goes along with feeling secure and having the characteristics of a leader. In this business, those are certainly good traits to have.

So, what do you think? Does success mean never having to say you're sorry - or just the opposite?

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