I have been subjected, if that is the word which no doubt some well-meaning care bear psychologist will tell me, to a whole host of nicknames.
Some flattering, some not so.
The Local Press of course call me ‘Paleface’ which was my name at Primary School, a time when my whole world revolved around football during the day and the Lone Ranger on a black and white television in the evening (after homework of course).
I’ve had Pakefort, Palet – hope and of course ‘Banger’ after the famous Palethorpe’s Pork Sausages.
Others have nicknames or name changes to fit in with the nuances and needs of the day, slight changes that may cause offence based on a play on words.
Some affectionate, some not so.
Why is this important?
If it is sometimes a derivation of someones name solely for the purposes of disparaging them, it could become a problem. More frequently we are seeing strong connotations made by some people based on the links between public and private affairs. Of course some find it offensive even if they have in the past dabbled in the dark arts themselves
Of course the problem is that you just can’t win, so to those who are offended, all I can say is think about what your mother and father would think of you. If they would be proud, then be certain that despite the slings and arrows of cheap name-calling, you can feel confident in your actions and judgement.
So the name on the door or high position is important, if only for image and style, with which to impress others – however it is ultimately the substance brought to the position that really matters.
A lesson which anyone who has ever been in a position of leadership, management or authority has had to learn very quickly in order to survive.
The simple fact that Leadership is about personal actions not position.