• Tough Choices

  • A Memoir
  • By: Carly Fiorina
  • Narrated by: Carly Fiorina
  • Length: 5 hrs and 53 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 09-25-06
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Penguin Audio
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.3 (237 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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-20s. 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 unprecedented.
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 perspectives on leadership, technology, globalization, sexism, and many other issues.
©2006 Carly Fiorina (P)2006 Penguin Audio, a member of Penguin Group (USA) Inc. All rights reserved.
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Critic Reviews

"A much-anticipated memoir." (The New York Times)
"Fiorina's tome is sure to create media buzz." (Fortune)
"The Fiorina buzz is expected to get even louder...when she releases her long-awaited tell-all book." (USA Today)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Denise on 10-21-06

Tough Choices

There are certainly 2 sides to every story but without knowing exactly what that other side is .... Carly's recounting of her career and the events that led up to her HP outsting was riveting and eye-opening. I learned so much of what success and the "success-climb" looks like from this book. Now I have some decisions to make regarding my own career. You can certainly get what you want but are you willing to to pay in self-invested education, the discomfort of politically charged situations, and the wear and tear put on your personal life. Well, for me I am still unsure. But, certainly for Carly ..... she rocks!

DM in Lake Villa

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5 out of 5 stars
By Robin on 11-27-07

great book

This is a great book for everyone to read. It is a wonderul illustration of the permanent discrimination all women leaders must face in the workplace. Men and Women should read this to understand the business world and what the introduction of women into it means for American society. Fiorina is an inspirational female leader because she has built a historical career despite the fact that she is a woman.

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