Audrey Lee grew up in a home which “cherished Confucian ideals”. Ideals such as humility and saying sorry. Ideals that she believes didn’t set her up well for the modern workplace.
Last year Lee wrote a hugely popular article titled, ‘How to suppress the apology reflex’. In it she argued that confidence is an essential quality in the modern workplace, and that, “Confidence, at least in the American workplace, means never having to say you’re sorry”. She grew up being taught to say sorry, so to survive in the workplace she needed to learn how to “suppress the apology reflex”.