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Product Details

  • Paperback: 250 pages
  • Publisher: American Bar Association (September 27, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590318439
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590318430
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #347,151 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The Creative Lawyer is a smart, practical, and often inspirational guide for any lawyer seeking to build both a better business and a richer life." -- Daniel Pink, Author, A Whole New Mind, September 5, 2007

"A must-read. It combines practicality with ingenuity to lead lawyers to live more fulfilled, productive and successful lives. Packed with advice, the book is an invaluable guide for lawyers to take the concrete steps and develop the skills they need to live enriched lives and thrive as lawyers." -- Debbie Epstein Henry, Founder, Flex-Time Lawyers LLC, September 1, 2007

"There is no book on the shelves to compare with The Creative Lawyer. Funny, well-researched, and provocative, it's an invaluable guide to understanding yourself better -- not just as a lawyer, but as a person. It's full of useful exercises, relevant case histories, and powerful insights, delivered in unlawyer-like concise and entertaining prose. It's required reading for anyone who has taken the bar exam -- or, for that matter, anyone who is considering taking the LSAT. " -- Gretchen Rubin, Blogger, The Happiness Project, former editor-in-chief, Yale Law Journal, September 15, 2007

"Whether you are living the law or leaving it, you need wise counsel to make your career meaningful. One part Socrates, one part Deepak Chopra, and one part cheerleader, Michael Melcher is the ideal advisor for lawyers contemplating their options. The Creative Lawyer should be mandatory reading for anyone who has ever set foot in law school." -- Noah Feldman, Professor, Harvard Law School, September 7, 2007

About the Author

Michael Melcher is an attorney who is one of the country's leading career coaches. With a blend of humor, sensitivity and professional acumen, he has helped hundreds of individuals transform their careers into personal platforms that are professionally fulfilling and personally meaningful. A gifted speaker and workshop leader, he has addressed audiences on career development themes across the United States as well as in Europe and Asia.

Michael is a graduate of Harvard College, Stanford Law School, and the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He worked for several years as an associate at Davis Polk & Wardwell in New York, was previously a Foreign Service Officer in Calcutta and Taipei, ran an internet start-up in Silicon Valley, and is currently a partner at Next Step Partners, the leadership development and executive coaching firm.


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Michael's book is short, readable, fun and very clear.
Astrid Baumgardner
It is MUCH, much more than ideas about what to do next - it makes you work for your own answer, which is really the only way to go.
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Michael Melcher's book, The Creative Lawyer, is both an inspirational guide and a toolkit on how to find job satisfaction.
Patricia D. Anastos

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Linda A. Mercurio on February 9, 2009
Format: Paperback
Michael Melcher's The Creative Lawyer is the seminal work on finding authentic professional satisfaction. While targeting lawyers, the book's message is equally applicable to all professionals trying to create and live authentic lives.

Using the right combination of a left brain/right brain approach, Michael encourages us to take responsibility for our careers--to become "stewards" of them, in a way that is "systematically creative." I love that! Lawyers typically have the "systematic" part down, but need support, guidance and inspiration--along with very practical advice--to nurture and develop the "creative" part, that part of us that can "bring into being," "give rise to" and/or "produce through effort." The Creative Lawyer is not about finding your "inner artist" (although I suppose it could be) but rather about creating a life that works for you through exploration, planning and effort. And that is key.

Too many career advice books leave one with a sense that all one need do to create an ideal life is dream, affirm, and let the universe do its job. Michael knows better. He knows to live an authentic life requires effort. With wit, authenticity, and a sense knowing, Michael leads/guides us to it.

He starts where we all must--with an exploration of values. Michael knows that by clearly articulating our values, we infuse our ultimate plan of action with a greater power and likelihood of success. In effect, our organization, effort, and skill become energized by our core values. Michael goes on to help us develop a vision, learn to know and manage ourselves, develop our networks, and our habits of experimentation.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Linda Furness on January 8, 2008
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This book is written for lawyers, but really is useful for anyone who wants to find greater satisfaction in his/her work and life. It is a good read, articulate, entertaining, and insightful, but most importantly - it actually works. It gives you perspectives, tools and exercises that will absolutely make a difference in how you think about what you want and where you are going - if you do them. Like any book of this kind - reading it is interesting, and will probably provide some insights, but to really get the full benefit, you need to actually do the exercises. So get yourself a career creation buddy, or a coach, or just get off the couch and do them - and get on with the life you want.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Priya Chaudhry on August 26, 2008
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There is a moment in every lawyer's life when you realize that you've made it--but you have no idea what "it" is. Luckily, that's the moment Michael Melcher's book sweeps in and (with rapier wit and profoundly clever insights) shows you which way is up. A law degree allegedly opens doors, but the right doors do not always appear in a typical law career. Melcher sheds light on the different--and creative--paths to true career satisfaction. Too many lawyers feel that they must abandon the law because they only know of one way to be a lawyer. Melcher shatters that myth and in the process, delivers tangible, effective advice from which every unsatisfied lawyer can benefit. This book is a perfect gift for yourself, a law student, or unhappy lawyer. Everyone should read it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Patricia D. Anastos on April 11, 2010
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Michael Melcher's book, The Creative Lawyer, is both an inspirational guide and a toolkit on how to find job satisfaction. The approach he outlines works: start with your values to create a personal vision statement, determine your areas of competencies, identify what you need to learn and explore new areas of growth, then craft a positioning statement to present yourself to the market. Melcher lays this out as a process and one that should be on-going. He also gives effective ways to network and use your pool of friends and colleagues to help you in your pursuit of a fulfilling job. At the end of each chapter is a reference list of articles and website that were very helpful. As an executive coach who works with people in career transition, I found the book extremely useful - the exercises work. However, I am not a lawyer and most of my clients are not lawyers, nor do they want to become one. So, why the title when the content appeals to anyone in search of a new career? In spite of this, The Creative Lawyer is just what it says it is: A Practical Guide to Authentic Professional Satisfaction.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Susanne Hoogwater on March 29, 2010
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Great book for lawyers who are at
the early stages of thinking themselves out of their legal box and for
people - like me - who are revisiting this process to define the next steps.

The author gives an eye-opening description of the Meyer-Briggs types in
lawyers and legal work. It was comforting to find out that there are more intuitive and creative lawyers out
there! Some of the exercises were
good to do for clarification, esp. the assessment of skills gaps, the writing exercises on vision and mission statements. I like
the concept of job/career experiments.

This book legitimizes the existence and concept of being a creative lawyer. This
will help to open minds and hearts for creative approaches to both legal career development and to a more innovative approach of legal information and workprocesses as such.

The title suggested to me that this book is about creativity in law and legal thinking, while the content is mostly about being creative in your career path. The subtitle covers the book very well.
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