Daneen Skube

Fear is the key to workplace treasures

Fear is the key to workplace treasures

Q. My industry seems to be melting down and constantly changing. I used to think I knew what I was doing, but now I start my day intimidated about everything I cannot predict or know. How do you keep functioning when every day at work is another long day of being afraid?

A. You can learn to function well with fear if you make fear your ally instead of your adversary. Joseph Campbell, wise author and professor once said, "The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek."

All human beings tend to run away from what scares us and toward what is familiar. From an evolutionary perspective, our species has survived because our fear can keep us alive. However, in...