Daneen Skube

Make fear a friend, not a foe

Q. My company is facing significant challenges in 2016. I am worried about my job, my industry and how we are going to solve numerous complicated problems to stay afloat. My worry is affecting my health, my family and my focus at work. What do you tell your clients about how to deal with their fears in the workplace?

A. What I tell my clients is that your fear can be your friend or your foe, depending on how you work with anxiety. If you learn to use your anxiety, energy will become fuel in the gas tank to motivate you. If you don't use your anxiety effectively, the fear will simply run you over and leave you in the middle of the road at work.

In our workplaces often the...