Tough Choices A Memoir Author:Carly Fiorina The New York Times bestseller by the most talked about woman in American business. — For five and a half years, Carly Fiorina led Hewlett-Packard through major internal changes, the worst technology slump in decades, and the most controversial merger in high-tech history. Yet just as things were about to turn around, she was abruptl... more »y fired, making front-page news around the world.
Fiorina has been the subject of endless debate and speculation. But she has never spoken publicly about crucial details of her time at HP, about the mysterious circumstances of her firing, or about many other aspects of her landmark career. Until now.
In this extraordinarily candid memoir, she reveals the private person behind the public persona. She shares her triumphs and failures, her deepest fears and most painful confrontations. She shows us what it was like to be an ambitious young woman at stodgy old AT&T and then a fast- track executive during the spin-off of Lucent Technologies. Above all, she describes how she drove the transformation of legendary but deeply troubled HP, in the face of fierce opposition.
One of Fiorina’s big themes is that “in the end business isn’t just about numbers; it’s about people.” This book goes beyond the caricature of the “powerful woman executive” to show who she really is and what the rest of us—male or female, in business or not—can learn from the tough choices she made along the way.« less
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It has been said that the firing of Carly Fiorina was a confirmation of women at the highest levels of industry. Not that she had tried and failed, but that she was fired with the same way as a man in her position. True enough, CEO's are required to gamble their company's future on the investments they make and some of the gambles Fiorina made did not pan out as promised. Her description in this book about the unceremonious inner political struggles that eventually led to the end of her career at Hewlett Packard only slightly mars the otherwise remarkable story of her rise from low-level receptionist to the highest office in the company. She is by all accounts a remarkable woman and her tale is well worth noting for all those who aspire to lead today's challenging technical industries.
This is a great read for women in the corporate world. She is a true role model and I learned a few tricks of the trade to use in the workplace. It applied no matter if you work in a corporate environment, non-profit, etc.