by Mike Critelli
During the Great Depression — a most frightening time — President Franklin Roosevelt made this memorable statement during his First Inaugural Address:
Let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself—nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance.
As leaders, we confront comparable fear, anxiety, divisive tendencies, and anger of our employees. How do we deal with it?
We remember that we have been here many times before.
Remembering the Past
Any American over 70 would have lived through all these frightening times. Younger Americans have lived through many of them.
Epidemics and Pandemics
In the early 1950’s, Americans were so fearful of children contracting the deadly and debilitating polio virus that swimming pools were closed during the summers and parents did not take their children to public beaches. That threat abated when the Salk vaccine was developed.