Thursday, December 07, 2006

Sage Advice on Career Planning

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Sage Advice on Career Planning

What does it take to plan a fulfilling and exciting career? In a new podcast, No Regrets, business consultant David Maister says that professional success comes from doing what you enjoy. "Your strengths are irrelevant; what you love is critical." Maister's 15-minute podcast offers advice for developing your "Personal Strategic Plan for a passionate career that drives true success." It starts with asking yourself five questions:

  1. What do you want to do next?
  2. Where would you like to be three years from now?
  3. What kinds of people would you like to be serving three years from now?
  4. What kinds of work would you like to be doing three years from now?
  5. What next career challenge would you find most exciting?

Answering those questions can be difficult for most people, Maister says, because they truly do not know what they want. He offers tips on how to find the answer. The key, he says, is finding something that you will feel passionate about. "More important than even persistence and determination is the passion that inspires persistence and determination."

Stephen Seckler, himself a career adviser to lawyers, writes at his blog, Counsel to Counsel, that Maister's podcast is "terrific." In a separate e-mail to me, he wrote, "This is the best 15 minutes on career planning that I have ever heard." With a recommendation like that, you have to listen.

Posted by Robert J. Ambrogi on December 6, 2006 at 01:24 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Report Issued on U.K. IP Reform

At Human Law, Justin Patten notes today's release of the Gowers Review of Intellectual Property, a much-anticipated examination of Britain's IP framework led by Andrew Gowers, head of communications for Lehman Brothers and former editor of the Financial Times.

The full report is 146 pages long and contains 54 recommendations. IPKat provides a quick overview of some key aspects of the report. Significantly, contrary to fears reported here previously, IPKat says there is no proposal to extend copyright protection for sound recordings beyond the current 50-year term. Other recommendations include:

  • Permit private copying.
  • Introduce a defense of parody.
  • Provide for orphaned works whose copyright owners cannot be traced.
  • For patents, clarify the research exception in order to facilitate experimentation.

More on the report can be found at:

Posted by Robert J. Ambrogi on December 6, 2006 at 01:22 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Prof. Bainbridge Rethinks His Blog

Stephen Bainbridge's blog, ProfessorBainbridge.com, is as eclectic as it is popular. A law professor at UCLA, Bainbridge is as likely to write about wine, football and politics as he is to write about his areas of legal concentration -- business associations and corporate law. Last week, in an attempt to impose a degree of order on his own eclecticism, Bainbridge rolled out a new blog design that he likens to a magazine. Rather than have one, multitopic blog, he broke down his site into three, more focused blogs:

The former ProfessorBainbridge.com front page becomes the site's landing page, showing the most recent posts added to each of the three subsidiary blogs. In this way, he says, the front page becomes "a detailed table of contents for a web magazine in three sections." In a post explaining the redesign (or, as he calls it, the "fragmentation bomb"), he notes that the novel approach elicited interesting comments, not all favorable. Bainbridge believes the fragmentation will help him promote his scholarly writing while allowing him to continue to post about other topics that interest him.

"My educated guess is that a professional blog that offers purely technical legal analysis, without requiring the reader to wade through political opinions, wine reviews, and so on, will be more effective in reaching this target audience. Hence, I created the Business Associations Blog. These readers can bookmark that site and/or subscribe exclusively to that site's feed. As such, I'll be able to use this corner of my section of the blogosphere more effectively as an adjunct to my vocation.

"Having said that, however, I've also found blogging about politics, religion, food, photography, dogs, cars, and wine to be fun. It's a hobby. ... I'm also now freer to cut loose in my journal, without having to worry about appearing unprofessional."

Media blogger Mark Tapscott says at Tapscott's Copy Desk that Bainbridge's format "could quite possibly be followed by a bunch of smart bloggers intent on directing the highest form of flattery in his direction."

Posted by Robert J. Ambrogi on December 6, 2006 at 01:21 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Finalists for Best Law Blog

Finalists were named yesterday in the 2006 Weblog Awards competition, and they include 10 finalists in the Best Law Blog category. Of just over 50 nominees, those that made the cut were:

Two lawyer-written blogs also made it onto the list of finalists for best overall blog: Power Line, written by lawyers John Hinderaker, Scott Johnson and Paul Mirengoff; and Instapundit, written by University of Tennessee law professor Glenn Reynolds.

Voting begins tomorrow to select a winner from among the finalists and runs through Dec. 15. Final winners will be announced Dec. 18.

Posted by Robert J. Ambrogi on December 6, 2006 at 01:17 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

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