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Plan for worst case with self-confidence

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When The Wall Street Journal asked Joseph F. Berardino, the newly appointed CEO of Arthur Andersen LLP, what he’d do if “this dream job turns out to be a dead end,” he replied, “I’m pretty self-assured in my capabilities and my value … If my partners don’t feel like I’m [providing value], I’ll go someplace where I can.”

Now that’s a cocky CEO.

Learn from Berardino’s example and take charge of your career. Rather than fret about forces you can’t control, think like a confident chief executive who’ll pack up and find another job if necessary.

Don’t be afraid to tell your boss, “I want to provide great value to this organization. If at any point you don’t think I can do that, please let me know. I’ll either figure out a way to improve or move on.” Saying this boosts your self-worth and makes you a hot property.

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