I am an avid listener of the Manager Tools podcast and recently started an expatriate position with my company in The Hague so the Amsterdam conference looks like a great opportunity.
I have one question though...is it really the right type of training for me? I am a young (27) in-house intellectual property lawyer (American) with no direct reports; however, I do have management (either in-house or in a law firm) as a career aspiration. I benefit a lot from the communication advice on Manager Tools and find it useful in managing the patent portfolio I am responsible for and the clients I deal with who are themselves managers.
My question is: Is this conference appropriate for me? How should I sell it to my management as a positive training opportunity for me considering we have an in-house manager training course?
I may end up going to the conference even if it is not formally approved by my employer as a self development opportunity. I am just trying to figure out if it is the right thing for me.