A long while ago I had a meeting with the head of a large corporate foundation in the cosmetology industry. He was very nice, extremely receptive to our cause, made a large financial contribution, and provided some amazing access to other leaders in the industry. It was a great day in philanthropy.
- Director of Vertical Markets
- Director of Strategy Planning
- Director of Sustainable Development
- Energy Engineer
- Information Architect
- Senior Strategy Consultant
- Implementation Engineer
- Creative Interactive Strategist
- Infrastructure Development Manager
- Community Relations Associate
- Interactive Designer
- Client Relationship Executive
- Cause Account Coordinator
- Chief Creative Officer
- Client Relations Manager
- Senior Game Developer
- Strategic Account Manager
I wonder what would be possible if the titles of the jobs we do enlivened us, motivated us, cracked us up. They can still say what we do but in a way that fills us with hope and possibility, not drain us of our creativity and breath. Can’t a Director of Public Policy become a Director of Public/Private Partnerships or maybe a Human Resources Manager can become the Manager of Our Valued People Because Without Them We’d Be Nothing? I think every fundraising position these days should have the word “philanthropy” in its title.
Words have great power. I want the roles I play in the world to move me to greatness and what that role is called is an important place to begin. What’s on your business card? How alive / inspired / creative / successful does the title make you feel? If you were to change your actual title, what would the new title be? And if your new, made-up title resonates for you, go get your actual title changed. Now!