As a management consultant, I meet fear everywhere I go. I am not talking about the fear of change, but the fear of speaking the truth about a problem. Losses, sometimes in the millions of dollars, occur when people are afraid to talk about a problem or raise a concern, maybe because of company politics or what will happen if the problem is exposed. Examples of these losses include lost production, higher costs, errors in budgets or engineering models that cause bad decisions about equipment purchases or misplacement of expansion capital, projects that stall or die, departments that don’t work together, and maybe even safety issues. Is fear causing any of these problems in your workplace and is it placing your bottom line, safety or culture at risk?