And above all, you need to be willing to create positive experiences for them. It's not hard. You just need to commit to doing what you promise, keeping them in the loop (especially if you can't keep your promises), really listening to them, knowing what's important to them, ensuring that they know that you know what's important to them, and responding to their sense of urgency.
Ultimately, your future security rests on your ability to embrace the idea that there is no security. In this new world, your relationship skills are as important as your technical ones. The more adept you are at thinking about the experiences of others, the more opportunities you'll have to tackle exciting technical problems and work in engaging roles.
Paul Glen, CEO of Leading Geeks, is devoted to clarifying the murky world of human emotion for people who gravitate toward concrete thinking. His newest book is 8 Steps to Restoring Client Trust: A Professional's Guide to Managing Client Conflict. You can contact him at email@example.com.