Tough Choices: A Memoir

Front Cover
Penguin, 2006 - Biography & Autobiography - 319 pages
57 Reviews
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 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 perspective on leadership, technology, globalization, sexism, and many other issues.
  

What people are saying - Write a review

User ratings

5 stars
14
4 stars
25
3 stars
12
2 stars
6
1 star
0

Review: Tough Choices: A Memoir

User Review  - Taj Bortz - Goodreads

I read this book quite a while ago - probably close to the publish date. I knew nothing about business, very little experience working, and at the time I really liked the book. A couple things I found ... Read full review

Review: Tough Choices: A Memoir

User Review  - Beverly - Goodreads

I have always admired Carly Fiorina. The first half of the book met my expectations with good stories of lessons learned and strategies tested. But, once the story turned to her tenure at Hewlett ... Read full review

Contents

A Gift from My Parents
1
The Stranger
10
Dont Think About the Next Job
16
New Fears
21
Not Till the Lady Leaves
27
Choices of the Heart
35
Our Token Bimbo
38
I Can and I Will
46
The Recruitment
150
Is That an Armani Suit? 66
166
A Thousand Tribes
175
Choosing to Lead
185
Change Warriors
195
Youre Exactly the Same
208
Big Ideas and Small Details
216
Chainsaw Carly
226

Saving My Tears
59
The Stuff of Triumph
71
The Journey Not the Destination
80
Confrontation and Understanding
86
The Consequences of Strength
101
The Inspiration to Change
109
The Power of Teamwork
122
Marching on the Bus
131
Loneliness
144
A Down and Dirty Fight
244
Adopt and Go 26
261
Everything Is Possible
267
Power Politics
277
Owning My Soul
293
Epilogue
307
Index
311
Copyright

Common terms and phrases

References to this book

All Book Search results »

About the author (2006)

Carly Fiorina was president and CEO of Hewlett-Packard from 1999 to 2005 and chairman from 2000 to 2005. Before joining HP, she spent nearly twenty years at AT&T and Lucent Technologies, where she held a number of senior leadership positions. She has a BA in medieval history and philosophy from Stanford University, an MBA.from the University of Maryland, and an MS from MITs Sloan School of Management. Fiorina currently serves on several boards of directors, including those of revolutionary Healthcare Group and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing.

Bibliographic information