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Titles vs. Job Descriptions

The flexibility and informal genesis of organizational structures in smaller companies make the idea of managerial titles, in all practical senses, irrelevant. The designation printed on your business card is frequently influenced by such random matters as traditions, your own seniority with the company, the owner's whim—considerations that have nothing to do with your scope of responsibilities or level of authority.

In many instances, your title is the reflection of your boss's respect and appreciation of your efforts. You can learn a lot about a business owner by recognizing what significance he places on a particular ...

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