Be a utility player

June 23, 2011

In baseball there are those players who are called utility players because they are able to play more than one position.  They may not be the best player on the team, but they stay on the team because of their versatility.  They can be used in a variety of situations, fill in for others who are hurt, keep the team from having to have so many position players.

Are you a utility player?  Does management look at you as one who can be put into a variety of situations based on need?  If so, you are likely to be kept on the roster, be given lots of opportunity to step in when an important project needs doing, and be valued (read keep your job).

What's it take to be a utility player - extra practice.  These guys have to stay out on the field longer because they need practice at several positions, not just one.  How can you gain the skills needed to be a utility player - training courses might be one way - they give you the practical experience you need to learn and hone the skills all utility players need.  




comments (1)

Renee Manigat

November 22, 2011 9:40am ET

Going from a front line manager of a two function large cross geographical team within creative services to managing the processes for the larger creative team. My challenge is going from a role that was tangible to a role that is intangible. I began to question myself. How do I keep my "mojo" stay and productive? Your posting on being a utility player is just what I need to get back in the game. Thank You!

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