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3.7 out of 53.7 out of 53.7 out of 53.7 out of 53.7 out of 5 3.70 (23 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Carly Fiorina Narrator: Carly Fiorina Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2006 ISBN: 9781429586931
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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-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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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lois | 2/20/2014

    " I'm listening to the audiobook and really enjoying it. Based on how she's been presented in the media, I didn't like her but her autobiography changed my mind. I liked hearing her story in her own words and I'm more open-minded now about the kind of business professional that she may be. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carolee | 2/3/2014

    " If you work in high tech, you'll find this an interesting read with industry insights from the inner circles of power. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Calynn | 2/1/2014

    " This woman is an incredible business woman, this book outlines her life and all her accomplishments and set backs. I learned a lot from reading this book, as a business student and a woman in the field I felt it was a great representation of the business world today. The focus is a lot on being a woman in a man's world and how to step up and not tolerate anything less than what you deserve. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbara | 1/28/2014

    " I think it interesting that I picked up this book before reading Backfire or Perfect Enough, both of which I now plan to read. Her memoir gives us insight into Carly's history, her professional development, and her side of the HP saga. As a woman in business, I found her open and honest approach valuable. If you are not in the tech sector, it may be a bit heavy. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Danica | 1/18/2014

    " I didn't actually finish this book...got about halfway through it and then couldn't help but pick up some others I'd been dying to read. It's got some good business-y advice in it, but I'm not in dire need of that type of info, so I think I'll pass on the rest. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David | 1/18/2014

    " Interesting read as it foretold HP's woe (published in 2006), although most of the book was about AT&T. Liked it as it had a lot of personal stories of a person becoming a CEO. Early version of HP boardroom dysfunction was certainly interesting. Unclear was what made her so special to have become a CEO. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joette | 1/11/2014

    " I learned what it's like to be a leader in the business world. I found it interesting that she had to learn so many new things every time she took a new job. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Adebayo Adegbembo | 1/10/2014

    " Interesting read. A great recommendation for today's woman. Enjoyed it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Savi Gill | 12/30/2013

    " A very good read for women leaders. But last few chapters were too detailed and defensive. Overall a good read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marissa | 12/11/2013

    " Terrific book for people who want an honest understanding of big business and the top players. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amanda | 4/20/2013

    " An amazing story of a woman sharking her way up in a man's world. A great read for all females in the business world. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 K.D. | 6/27/2012

    " painfully detailed and self-absorbed. I was able to derive some good management/leadership concepts finally after fishing through the long-winded reflections of her life and career. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dana | 4/3/2012

    " Interesting to hear her point of view on how it went down at HP. Have to take some of her comments with a grain of salt though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janet | 3/11/2012

    " Listened to the audio book that was read by the author and really enjoyed it. It was like listening to "lessons learned" from a mentor. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alicia Alston | 2/11/2012

    " Loved it! great to hear about the trailblazers who paved the way for other corporate superstars like Sheryl Sandberg. Honest. Authentic. And she has tremendous character. Kudos! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynn Wessinger | 1/5/2012

    " This was a good book not only giving insight into Carly's life, but as a business manual for management. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michael | 11/8/2011

    " No bigger fan of Carly than CARLY "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joe Wisecaver | 6/22/2011

    " This book change my opinion of the former HP CEO a lot. What a problem she had with such a messed up Board of Directors. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Gena | 12/12/2010

    " Book for school...had a few amusing stories of being a woman in the business world. Would I have picked it up if it wasn't a school book...no. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynn | 12/3/2009

    " This was a good book not only giving insight into Carly's life, but as a business manual for management. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joette | 9/30/2009

    " I learned what it's like to be a leader in the business world. I found it interesting that she had to learn so many new things every time she took a new job. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barb | 9/24/2009

    " Got this book at a christian leadership seminar that she was featured at. Not a lot of christian content which I expected. I was encouraged by her unwavering moral values. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dana | 5/7/2009

    " Interesting to hear her point of view on how it went down at HP. Have to take some of her comments with a grain of salt though. "

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About the Author

Carly Fiorina is the chair of Opportunity International, Good360, and the American Conservative Union Federation and of the Unlocking Potential Project. Previously, she was the chair and CEO of Hewlett-Packard, becoming the first woman CEO of a Fortune 20 company, and before that she spent nearly twenty years as a telecommunications executive. She and her husband Frank live in Virginia, close to their daughter and granddaughters.