As your colleagues head for the exits this holiday season, you may be asked to provide temporary client coverage for them on ongoing matters. Your first instinct may be to rebuff these requests out of a sense of self preservation, but reconsider. These occasions present an unmatched opportunity for selective incompetence and for banking some goodwill. Simply plead ignorance to the client whenever possible when they call upon you, do the bare minimum to keep things on the rails, and then bask in the thank-you's of your grateful peers on their return. Also, start making plans to take some time off yourself, you know who will feel they have to “provide coverage” for you now.