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How much does a title matter to you?

I've been an AM, AE, VP, Director, Manager, pool boy, glazed ham, etc....and moved fluidly up and down depending on the size of the org I've joined. And to be honest, I've made the most money and had the most direct reports with a director title. 8 months ago I went from VP to Director when I joined a new org, and am now being promoted to "Head of" a region.


How much do you care about titles? Have they ever held you back or shot you forward? Do you fight for it?


There are some "collectives" out there that term you an associate if you are anything under VP. Stupid concept in my opinion as a VP at a startup and Sales Manager at a Fortune 500 (I've been both) can be on different planets of responsibility and financial success.

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Rallier
Politicker
+8
Account Executive
Titles lead to more opportunity which leads to more money. So yes, title does matter
Panda4489
Fire Starter
+2
Business Development Manager
My title could be Toilet Swabber. If it comes with a Base of $500k what the fuck do I care what my title is lol
MrMoneybags
Opinionated
+1
Account Executive
The title is important, if the title is real and earned.
MrMoneybags
Opinionated
+1
Account Executive
If you have 20 years of experience in sales and you have earned your way to becoming a VP with direct reports and a wide org under you. You have deserved that title and you should wear it as a badge of honor.ย 

If you have joined a start-up and become a VP of Sales with a team of three sales people. I would keep grinding until the title is worth more
Chep
Politicker
+8
Business Development Representative
I try and not let titles change the way I handle my calls, but I'd be lying if I said I didn't do more research before hand if I'm calling a CEO vs calling a manager
Salespreuner
Big Shot
+11
Regional Sales Director
Titles don't matter much internally, externally for calls, would help though
ZebraStripe
Opinionated
+1
Sr Sales Director
Definitely think that titles matter.ย  There is not real standardization across orgs, but I think people understand what you've laid out.ย  Higher titles at smaller orgs can equal lower titles at larger orgs.ย  I'd never take a step back if I can avoid it, and if I have to, I'd only take 1 lower.ย  In that sense, I can command more opportunity and more money.ย ย 

PS @LostAngeleno33ย - Go Dodgers
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RBO
Opinionated
+1
Sales Manager
It really depends on what the title means. I see a lot of people throwing Manager and Director to glorify individual contributor roles.ย 

Your career, like all of our pitches, should be telling a story. So in that sense, it does matter somewhat but probably less than role, responsibility, and taking risks.
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