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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (416 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:
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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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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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