In 'free agent nation' Daniel Pink pontificates about the average tenure of the corporate employee being very shot in comparison to our parent's era. Does this mean we answer up to extend or amplify our career? After all... we may not really be invested for the long haul. We may see ourselves with a five year stint... the company will go on... and I've got to gain as much ground as I can in those five (I'm exaggerating because my boss is likely to read this) years.
I think I am old school. I thin operating from the perspective that 'I can always get another job' is appropriate. It puts you in a position to answer hard questions, serve the bad tasting medicine and in short, do the right thing.