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Here’s a test of your boss's self-control and a measure of your standing in your department. Go him or her and say, “I have an idea!” Watch his or her face carefully. Odds are your boss will do a slow blink. (That’s how skilled bosses cover an eye-roll.) Then, make a note of what he or she says next, and you’ll know where you stand in your team’s ranking order. If you hear, “Great, let’s hear it.” Then you know you are indispensable and that you have a track record of innovating. If you hear, “Okay, but I’m in a bit of hurry.” Then you’re a typical performer. If you hear, “That’s good, but hold that thought because we really need you to focus on your work.” You should understand you’re on the secret list of employees to be axed in the next layoff.