Behind the headlines—one of the most talked-about business leaders in the world tells her own story
On Sale: October 9, 2006
Featuring: Carly Fiornio
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By accepting the CEO job at Hewlett-Packard, an iconic
company that had lost its way, Carly Fiorina confirmed her
status as the most powerful businesswoman in America. But
she also made herself a target for everyone who disliked her
bold leadership style and resented her rapid rise.
For six years, as she led HP through drastic changes and a
controversial merger, Fiorina was the subject of endless
analysis, debate, and speculation. She appeared on the cover
of every major magazine and her every word was scrutinized.
Yet in all that time, the public never got to know the
person behind the persona.
Tough Choices will finally reveal the real Carly Fiorina,
who writes with brutal honesty about her triumphs and
failures, her deepest fears and most painful
confrontations—including her sudden and very public firing
by HP’s board of directors.
It’s an amazing life story: Fiorina was a liberal arts major
and law school dropout who didn’t even consider a business
career until her mid-twenties. But soon she was blazing
through big jobs at AT&T and then Lucent Technologies, with
a growing reputation as a creative, hardworking, visionary
leader. Her career path would have been remarkable for
anyone, but in an industry dominated by men, it was
Tough Choices shows what it’s really like to lead a major
corporation in a time of great change while trying to stay
true to your values. It’s one woman’s inspiring story, along
with her unique perspective on leadership, technology,
globalization, sexism, and many other issues.
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