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Death to job titles at Quicken Loans

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An e-mail came in this morning from Matt Cardwell, our former Web Marketing Director. I say former because the e-mail was entailing a challenge to re-name our jobs/careers/positions. Convention and traditional job titles died this morning. Matt’s new title is now Idea Salesman, Energy Focuser and People Unleasher.

And unleash he did. The e-mails have been flying around all day. Some of my favorites include:

Royal Storyteller

Supreme Challenger of the Status Quo & Wicked Web Site Innovator

Innovation Maven and Revenue Raiser

Mastermind of Possibilities, Visual Linguist, and Czar of the High Fiber Revolution

Art Juggler

Flasher (?)

Idea Launcher

Conceptologist (no one said it had to be an actual word)

Head Brother In Charge of Chat

Reality Check Provider

Sentence-smoother-outer with an Ad Girl twist

Pixelardo da Vinci

Matt borrowed the idea from another blog written by a Chief Happiness Officer, Alexander Kjerulf. I mean, really, if you think about your title, does it really make sense to everyone else? Would people really know what you did all day?

Matt addressed some concerns with notable gusto in the e-mail as well:

If you are concerned about someone not recognizing how important you are because you no longer have a standard title, then here’s your chance to create a title for yourself that will convey exactly how important you are. And because you are creating it, it will be all yours. No one else will have that title. Think of the conversations your new title will start with complete strangers. Think of the opportunities it can create for you in terms of expressing who you are, not what someone CALLS you.

"But what if I don’t like my description in three months …” you ask? What if what I do CHANGES? Well, then you can change your description. It’s that simple. No one ever stays the same … we are all growing … so let your “title” do the same when it’s time.

Here’s your chance. You have until the end of the day to let us all know who you are. Have fun, be creative, be humorous, but above all, be real and true. Remember, this will be on your e-mail signature, so please be aware of that.

I can’t wait to see what all of you come up with.


Death it shall be.

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  1. What was your title Kel?

    Posted by: Matthew LaVaute | January 10, 2008
  2. Thats really powerful.

    Posted by: Edson | January 12, 2008
  3. Mine was “Comic Book Checker”… “Data Ditch Digger” and just plain “Loser”

    Posted by: Billy Leopard | January 15, 2008
  4. Blue-eyed Paul Newman was on a New York TV news show recently. Newman had just opened the Dressing Room restaurant in Westport, CT and was being interviewed and was asked what his role was at the restaurant. He replied, “I’m the Director of Opinions.” PS: Dining there ain’t cheap. A P. L. Newman Burger (Niman Ranch beef grilled over a wood fire, hand-cut fries, noble Amish cheddar, house-cured bacon, caramelized onions) will set you back $25.

    Posted by: Omar Tentmaker | January 20, 2008

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