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1.0 out of 5 stars Not worth the money, March 8, 2010
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This review is from: The Creative Lawyer: A Practical Guide to Authentic Professional Satisfaction (Paperback)
The other reviews must have been written by the author's friends and family. I was really looking forward to receiving this book and gaining some insight on what I should do with my law degree. When I received it and glanced through it, I was very disappointed. This book is way too expensive for the value. For thirty dollars, you will receive a pamphlet-sized book containing the following message: If you are miserable being a lawyer, network and find something else you might want to do.

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Initial post: Mar 27, 2010 11:51:44 AM PDT
Since when is almost 175 pages packed full of useful information dismissed as a pamphlet? You force me to write my own review!

Posted on Mar 27, 2010 11:53:07 AM PDT
As a lawyer turned coach and consultant to the legal profession, I love Michael Melcher's The Creative Lawyer and routinely recommend it to my most thoughtful clients -- a real compliment when the author is, in fact, a competitor! In 175 well written pages, Melcher brings together his experience as a lawyer and career coach, his Hudson Institute of Santa Barbara training in resilience and change, a fond familiarity with terrific resources (Gladwell and Pink and more) and tools (MBTI, the Enneagram, EQ, etc.), and simple exercises that combine to create both a challenge and a tool kit for those who are less than satisfied with their choice of profession. Perhaps the biggest barrier to success for this new approach is getting the audience to recognize that "Authentic Professional Satisfaction" is an individual responsibility. Buy it, read it, and keep it close at hand.

Posted on Apr 20, 2010 6:59:33 PM PDT
wolverine20 says:
Dear reader:

Your 'pamphlet' comment is sadly unoriginal -- you stole it from the Curb Your Enthusiasm season finale. As a lawyer who has used The Creative Lawyer to help take control of my professional life and make a satisfying career move, I respectfully disagree with your review and refer to "the other" reviews you describe as being from the author's friends and family, which are nearly all positive. The Creative Lawyer helped me identify personal values which I wanted to get from my career, create visions of my professional future that I thought would highlight those values, brainstorm career areas that would make those visions come true, and evaluate actual career opportunities that came up in my continuing quest to make the visions I created a reality. As a former bitter biglaw lawyer, I think I know one when I see one, am sorry you have chosen to take your frustrations out on a quality book on Amazon.com, and wish you the best in your career. I recommend giving the book another try -- I found it quite helpful.
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