Seeing Fear Junction Clearly

Fear junction I found a new way to help teams reach significant breakthroughs in a recent session, and it relates to my essay on “Fear Junction”. This was a story I told in one of my newsletters about the electrician who told the fable – not of a real electrical switch box – but of a real and personal daily decision point – where we must choose to be open, candid and honest – or miss the chance to do so.

So at the start of the session, I handed out the newsletter and related the story of Fear Junction – and drew on a flipchart a walking path that reached a “Y” intersection. The intersection represented the decision point: do we discuss this difficult issue now? Do we turn right at Fear Junction, where right leads to constructive confrontation, and ultimately and eventually to resolution of the problem?

Or do we turn left, not face the issue, get sucked into the same failed reaction, and “kick the can down the road” once more. Problem is, on the flipchart, and in real life, this choice literally loops back around to the same point some time later, and delays the problem so that we’ll have to face it again and again.

The key to taking the “right turn” and facing the difficulty, is in placing an image of something precious at the Junction – perhaps God, perhaps the big Ten Year Goal, perhaps just an image of ourselves no longer having the tension and stress of having this unresolved issue. This gives us the courage to swallow hard, compose our thoughts, and confront the issue right then.

In this session, I noticed a significant issue come up. I saw the hesitation. On an impulse, I flipped the chart to the “Y” drawing and said “Make no mistake, we are now at Fear Junction”, tapping on the “Y” intersection.

What followed, after a pause and some stammering, was open and honest discussion about an issue that needed to be aired. It was painful, but honest. And that team began the journey on the path to true resolution of a longstanding challenge.

EOS is all about Vision, Traction and Healthy. And Healthy is all about turning right at Fear Junction.

Related Posts

When the Entrepreneurial Blues Come Knocking

Entrepreneurs learn early on to get comfortable with being uncomfortable. They can’t depend on predictable paychecks or their efforts panning out every time. From the outside, they usually appear outgoing and confident. But what happens when they lie in bed at night? Usually, that’s when the entrepreneurial blues come knocking. 

Read on »

Just Stick to the Plan

Richard Williams said: “I wrote me a 78-page plan for their whole career before they was even born.” Richard, father of tennis superstars Venus and Serena, may have naysayers, but he knew to just stick to the plan.

Read on »

All Great Companies Have Five Things in Common

Over the years, I’ve worked with hundreds of business owners as a Certified EOS Implementer®. Some ran amazing companies, and some … not so much. I wouldn’t necessarily say the owners ran crappy companies. I mean they did, I just wouldn’t say that. But I have noticed that all great companies have five things in common.

Read on »

Subscribe to the EOS Blog

EOS Worldwide

Subscribe to the EOS Blog:


Base Camp


Client Portal



Search the EOS Worldwide Blog

Generic filters