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Mark -- part of the intellectual capital of this blog belongs to you, and Jay, and Carolyn Ann, and Joe, Karen, all the people who join the conversation. Granted, the topic and exposition need to be compelling enough to make the step worthwhile.

Jay -- you put your finger right on it: control. "Understanding that responsibility liberates us, allows us to take risks, to worry less about appeasing authority, and concentrate on innovating, on evolving -- on thought leadership." I couldn't have said it any better. Thank you.

Joe -- ;-)

Carolyn Ann -- I am glad you had the chance to experience a great boss. Each person should have that opportunity. In that case a boss becomes more like a mentor, a sage and a guide. I've been very fortunate... then again, I pick the boss along with the job. As for career I agree with Ms. Trunk a blog is one great way to manage your own. While I think you may be right in predicting the future of the written word as more sound bite than long hand (metaphor for extensive writing, like mine), I still think that there is room for thoughtful and inspirational moments with long essays. You had me in stitches with your your taking time off versions ;-)

Tremendous post, Val. Provocative as always, and the resulting thread is just as insightful. These five pointers are a distillation of the idea of career ownership -- of embracing the idea that we work for ourselves, even if we punch the clock at someone else's company. Understanding that responsibility liberates us, allows us to take risks, to worry less about appeasing authority, and concentrate on innovating, on evolving -- on thought leadership. If a blog is a conduit to that kind of dialog, or allows you to raise your expertise profile, then by all means blogs are on the thought leadership vanguard. Put your ear up to the boardroom door; that panicked, scrabbling sound you hear is the old guard trying to understand what the kids are up to these days, and grousing about how they can't control it.

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