Job Titles

I can’t take credit for this one-liner but a co-worker of mine said today “What if one day we just put everyone’s titles in a hat and we drew out what everyone’s job would be for that day”

I thought about this remark a bit further—after we all had a good laugh.

The one-liner was said after someone lost a potential job because the estimate was too high. Some of the guys were giving him a bit of a hard time, but he was defending his numbers for the amount of work that would have been done. My one co-worker made the joke about drawing the names out of a hat because he thought he could do a better job estimating then his boss! It was all in fun but this lead me to believe, that’s fabulous idea!

What makes a President of a company a President? Are they the owner or did they put the time in to succeed? Sometimes someone’s ideas or the way they lead meetings are more inspirational than their very own President of the company. How about a Production Artist, they have the skills to be the best Creative Director ever, just have been stuck in the same production title for many years. Maybe the Project Manager secretly has a skill of writing and would be an outstanding Copywriter if they only thought of them-self as talent.

This is something I will do someday at my agency. Think of the PR for this! “Agency switches roles, from Creative Director to Account Director to Human Resources Manager to Junior Copywriter!” Great way to also create some respect for all the different roles at a place of any kind of business.

This not only reminds me of the popular show “Under Cover Boss” but reminds me of a early 90’s hit sitcom Save by the Bell. Zack Morris got to be the Principal and switch places with Mr. Belding. Another “hard lesson” episode when Slater wants to cheat to get out of taking a test to miss his football game and Zack is put in charge to tell him the right and fair thing to do.

Well until the day I direct my own team or agency, I will have to put this idea in my blog and refer back to it. Thanks Chris and Zack for the incredible idea.

I still pretend I’m Kelly,
mn design gal

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One thought on “Job Titles

  1. I’m totally late to the party, but it’s interesting that you mention this. I was just reading ‘REWORK’ — by the folks at 37signals in Chicago — and they mention that when you’re building a business, you should do everything yourself (at first) so that you have a better understanding of what is required, what the person you eventually hire will be doing (if you hire someone), and what how much that position is actually worth. (Among other benefits to knowing how your business ACTUALLY functions.) Implementing this kind of swap is an awesome idea.

    But what happens if the production artist IS more effective at being the President than the President?

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