Sunday, May 30, 2010


Title for a title? Sounds inadequate.

Somehow suggestive of what’s it all about if not absorbing of what to expect, titles are preferably catchy enough to stir such. If used to address designations, ranking titles manifest some level of authority.

What’s in a title anyway?

Considering the foregoing points of consideration, titles could be coined to serve such purpose. There are job positions that carry an influential description for a title. It is however intended to establish clout and some respectability but could be unfairly compared to a less significant-sounding title from a bigger entity or company perhaps. For instance, a Branch Manager of a small business could just be comparable to a Supervisor of a bigger department of a far superior store. Though, we cannot dispose of the probability of a subordinate being better than the boss. In such case, we have to be acknowledgeable of that. Accordingly, aiming for a higher position as a subsequent step is the normal trend. As far as anyone’s career is concerned, the improving of one’s title is a validation of success.

Other than the once head of state and now “just” a member of congress by plan, in a realistic corporate set-up however, what if one from a more likely influential position was asked to assume a believed-to-be inferior role? Will you feel demoted? Perhaps yes. Human nature allows us to act as human as possible and part of which is our pride we typically give so much weight into. What others will say about your “seeming failure” matter so much that pride is prioritized other than more important concerns. To get affected by it is normal but don’t dwell on it as if pride will provide for everything that really matters. Your family’s bread-and-butter is one; it may not be as “tasteful” as the pride you’ll swallow but it will not just satisfy hunger but true honor.
It is not in the title but in the execution of the role. “There are no small roles; only big headed actors” – that is if I could somehow give a little twist from that of such famous line. This however holds true for those who refuse to acknowledge the essence of another role to a cause contingent of various functions other than their egos bloated by their superior position.

Furthermore, holding a key designation should be earned and substantiated rather than just blown by your own horn. A title will remain to be just a title if the essence behind it lacks confirmation of its credibility. On the other hand, an “untitled” could earn a more sensible name by first assuming professionalism and maturity not just for a title but principle. Gaining another experience further establishes one’s knowledge and well-roundedness.

With vindication as a probable sequel, the truth behind responsibility assessments could yet be the best title.

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