Is “Officer” Title the Ultimate Destination?

Has the three-letter acronym of professional titles always been the pinnacle of career objective, industry status and work achievement? When you become a C-suite caliber individual, does your journey end there? Would you be willing to be a deputy in another organization down the road once you have enjoyed the C-suite ride elsewhere?

Everyone knows CEOs reigned supreme through the 1980s and 1990s corporate America glory days. Yet, the 2000s seemed to usher in a massive wave of other prominent C-suite positions for large organizations and smaller ones as well.

Where it was traditionally a cluster of a few chief bearers with a CFO and maybe a CMO under the CEO expanded to the inclusion of a CTO for IT, CSO for sustainability and CPO for people/HR/personnel initiatives. Are there other C-Officer titles out there that seem to be a bit of a stretch to cement a newly created or expanded role in the executive echelon of an organization?

Does being an “Officer” signify the end of the road? Is your journey to career righteousness complete upon being bestowed with a “Chief” tag?

Deputies are officers too, right? If that is the case, where there has long been the PIO for public information officer for various public or private agencies, then should there be an MIO for marketing information officer? How about the SMIO for Social Media Information Officer? With this nomenclature in place, you could even have CSRIO for the rank-and-file Customer Service Representative Information Officer.

Maybe you juggle different hats in your organization or are a consultant, freelancer or independent business owner. Well, then you might need to indoctrinate yourself as the EIEIO – Entire Information Everywhere Inquired Officer.

   Yes, I got carried away there just then, but somewhere former Celtics legendary center Robert “Chief” Parish may wonder what made his nickname become so commonplace in the business title nomenclature.

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