I didn't ask for these specific nicknames. I didn't solicit feedback that in turn inspired that individual to come up with a nickname for me. Instead, each nickname emerged almost spontaneously during a conversation with a colleague. That they were shared with me in this fashion makes them even more meaningful. The individuals who shared these nicknames with me have long since come and gone from my life. But their words stuck.
In short, I consider these nicknames as evidence of my "brand." They reflect personal attributes and attitudes, not so much what I do. They nonetheless stand out. They offer ways for me to talk about my achievements through others' eyes.
Over the next few weeks I'll share the stories behind three of these nicknames. More important, I'll share why each remains relevant in my work as an educator and consultant.