Alan Weiss, N.I.C.E.*
I saw a guy on social media today with 23—I counted them—23 initials after his name. Maybe, maybe, if you’re at a professional conference you list them, or maybe you hang all those certifications on your office wall to cover the poor paint job. But in everyday discourse you list all this mumbo jumbo? How insecure do you have to be?
I thought there was a great song in the musical Chorus Line, where a woman sings, “I am not my résumé.”
When you present yourself to strangers with the equivalent of all those cans that used to be tied to the cars of people just married hanging after your name, what are you overcompensating for? It reminds me of anachronistic royalty with all those ribbons and dripping honors pinned on their uniforms. What were they granted for, being born well?!
Some people collect stamps, some spoons, some books, and some, apparently, initials.
* Normally incisive, consistently excellent. Thank you, thank you very much.