He sat me down, as soon as I came in this morning, to discuss my tasks and responsibilies, concluding that a) I do quite a bit around here (true), b) I'm quite capable of doing all this and still take on more work (erm...yes?), c) that another minion or two wouldn't go amiss (yes!yes!) and d) that he'd like me to take on the job of being his official back-up and replacement plus take on the day to day management of one of the more high profile teams within the organisation. He's asked me to think it over for a bit, but what's there to think about? Of course I'll do it. Sounds like it might be fun!
Besides, it's always nice to hear that you're virtually irreplaceable and quite important to the organisation, isn't it?
And I'm going to get another minion, for a full FTE! Life, as they say, couldn't get much better than this.