Curing the Disease Would Mean Fewer Cable-News Apologies

Let's stop thinking we have solved the problem by dealing with the teammates, and look more at a comprehensive and wholesale change in the entire organization. It is only then that we will begin to see fewer apologies, and more real positive change in our society as a whole.

And this would need to be a top-to-bottom adjustment with value standards set by the leaders and then holding the entire organization accountable.

If the mission and vision of the team is set at a high value-driven level, then the players and tactics will naturally flow accordingly. If the mission is of a more dark nature, then we shouldn't be shocked when player and tactics go awry.

And I have often reflected on the same in my own relationships, both personal and professional. Negative behaviors and the ways people act out are important to examine, but much more important is understanding the root causes of such behaviors and figuring out a way to alter those.

There you have it.

Matthew Dowd is an ABC News analyst and special correspondent.

Opinions expressed in this column do not reflect the views of ABC News.

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