Is this you?
Before I went to Italy, I wrote a blog post on new job titles. After I returned, I found an article in the New York Times by Sam Slaughter, called “Your Job Title is … What?”
Because of the preponderance of startups, people today are inventing their own titles. No more East Coast Regional Managers. Vice Presidents of Customer Relations? Gone! Now business cards are introducing Wizards, Gurus, Ninjas, Story Strategists, Futurists and Brand Ambassadors. You can be a Thought Leader at a morning meeting and morph into a Customer Happiness Manager in the afternoon.
Slaughter also has met Influencers and Trend Strategists, Story Architects and Culture Hackers, not to mention a person who admits she was greatly influenced by Dr. Seuss when she was young and decided her job description was (wait for it) Thing 2.
Loyal Correspondent (my title for him) Jeff W. sent me the following titles he’s come across:
Director of First Impressions (receptionist)
Creator of Opportunities (business development)
Chief Amazement Officer (founder)
Director of Listening (social media monitoring)
Chief Troublemaker (CEO) and generally, any title with Catalyst, to describe someone who unblocks corporate inertia.
Jeff has also seen Dragonslayer, Gatekeeper, Sorceress, Jedi, Ranger, Rebel, Zen Master, Time Lord, Princess, Queen and, yes, Webslinger (Spiderman?). My personal favorite, however, is the Eternal Harbinger of Spring.
Don’t tell me you are still a Vice President of Customer Relations!