Don’t Be a Benchwarmer! Present Yourself as an All-Star To Your Organization!

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It’s officially the halfway point in the baseball season, and all the teams are taking a well-deserved break from the season while the Home Run Derby and All-Star Game take off in full swing. The chosen All-Star players from several teams of each league get the chance to participate in the exciting All-Star Game, and while the all-stars are out hitting homers, the average players and benchwarmers are sitting at the game or at home, waiting for the regular season to pick up (or maybe end).

In every field or industry (including baseball), there are people who are all-star players in the organization and those who either fade into the background on their own volition or because they don’t know how to be all-stars. The same goes for MSPs.

So where do you stand in your field? Do you have the basic skills needed to play in the big leagues with the all-stars, or are you a benchwarmer and resting on your past batting average? Are you a confident player, or do you hesitate to swing most of the time?

If you found that you’re a benchwarmer in your field, don’t feel like you’re automatically going to strike out with your employers. To present yourself as a valuable member to your organization and play on the big leagues, you need certain items in your career toolbox. In order to create these items, you must take a critical look at yourself to identify your strengths, weaknesses, and areas of opportunity.

Take a moment to look through the following tips to see how you can better present yourself as a critical part of your organization.

Be Aware of How You Present Yourself –
One of the biggest parts of success is all about how you present yourself. Whenever I’m out in the field, I recognize so much talent and experience in my colleagues, but how they present themselves can truly make or break them. Even if two MSPs have the same experience and expertise under their belts, the way they present themselves can mean everything. If one is polished and communicates well while the other lacks confidence and flounders when asked what they’ve done and what they can do, who do you think the organization will have more faith in to hit a home run – to achieve success?

Properly Package Yourself – How you package yourself is a very important indicator of your success. Part of your package should include a career portfolio, which in itself should include your report card. With performance report cards, I provide you with an example of how you can showcase your performance in a manner that speaks to the application and the language of administrators. This report card can also serve as a measurement tool of achievement for you.

Get Involved – Professional development in several fields comes from continuing to grow. This is also true for MSPs. Try getting involved with professional organizations such as NAMSS (National Association of Medical Staff Services) or even get involved in an organization as a volunteer. The opportunities will be invaluable to you and to the future of your career.

Embrace Change – Many people don’t like it, but change is an inevitable part of any career field. For the MSP industry to keep evolving, you must embrace change and collaborate with other healthcare departments and professionals. Take a few classes to sharpen your skills. Learn new skills. As you elevate your role and perception through your professional development, you can lead the change for better patient care!

Remember, all-stars project confidence, embrace change, get involved, and position themselves as a leader to win. Once you figure out where you need to make progress in certain areas and you showcase your skills and achievements, you’ll become a better team member in your organization. Who knows? You might even be voted “Most Valuable Player!”

To learn more about how I can help you present yourself as an asset to your organization, please contact me at (618) 830-0057, email me at, or visit our website at I look forward to hearing from you

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