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Tough Choices: A Memoir

Abridged Audiobook

Written By: Carly Fiorina

Narrated By: Carly Fiorina

Publisher: Penguin Audio

Date: October 2006

Duration: 5 hours 54 minutes

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.

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  • Sandy

    I was excited to hear Carly's voice reading the book. I've heard about 15-20 books in the last year and this was one of the best. As she starts off, I thought this might be a book about women and their treatment in the work force but quite the contrary. I was glad to find this book was about a wonderful study of a successful business person and her choices in a very difficult, vicious, backstabbing environment at the top. On the woman thing, I believe she made choices that would have been different than a mans that ultimately lead to her downfall--see if you can find them.

  • Jacquelyn Lowe

    This book was suggested to me that I would enjoy listening to it. The person was right. I would be willing to bet that if it is not already on the reading list, for Business Majors, in college it soon will be. It really helps you appreciate how decisions are made in big business, and the games that people play around those decisions. She also gave a great perspective into her style of management, which is what I believe to be the best style of management - honest and keeping your soul in tact through out it all. Great read.

  • Anonymous

    Very well done. This book filled in the blanks that were left out by the media. It was also interesting to hear how Carly got her start and worked her way up. Also, good to hear about supporting husband. Very well done.