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How important is your title to you?

How important is your title to you?


As a freshman at my large, public high school in the city of Pittsburgh, our beloved principal (Mr. William Fisher - literally a walking saint) told us the story of how we would be small fish in a big pond when we were freshman but big fish in a small pond by the time we were seniors.


This kind of reminds me of how titles can work in today's corporate culture. Titles can mean completely different things at different organizations depending on organizational structure, company size, etc.


Sometimes it's a trade-off - would you rather be a Director at a small company or an individual contributor at a Fortune 50 company?


Would you rather be a CEO of a start-up or a Director at Amazon?


Is corporate culture more important to you than either salary or title?


Or does something completely different motivate you?

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