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Q: My company’s CEO likes to appoint a new aide every two years. Most are young lawyers who go on to high posts in the firm thanks to their exposure to the CEO. I’m not a lawyer, and I’m not exactly young anymore. How can I position myself to be his next executive assistant?
A: Enlist your boss or other high-level allies to sell you to the CEO. If you have influential fans in high places, they may sway the chief to choose you. But formulate a Plan B just in case. Identify other fast-track opportunities both inside your company and beyond—and network aggressively so that you’re ready to pounce when the time is right.