A long time ago, I pondered the sociological implications of my nickname. If a group of people refuse to use my nickname, does that indicate something about our working relationship?
I have found myself in a new nickname situation.
When I was first starting out, I was super concerned about appearing professional. I was afraid that the nickname that I spent my entire life with was too silly, so I introduced myself using my full name ("Shortencia") and only suggested using my nickname ("Shorty") if someone asked me point-blank if there was a shorter version that could be used. It is an awfully long name.
As I've gotten older, I've become more comfortable with using my nickname. At this point, I introduce myself with the nickname right away, although my e-mail signature, business cards, and correspondence carry my full name. However, I have a new project that involves working with a large group of people, including some high muckety-mucks, and it sounds exceedingly strange - almost invasive - that they are all calling me "Shorty" in high-level planning meetings. I guess I still need to fully accept that I have an undignified name.