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Fiorina's TOUGH CHOICES Rings With Truth and Advice For All In Business

  • May 9, 2010
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I knew very little about Carly Fiorina before 2009 when it was clear she was going to run for public office, but reading TOUGH CHOICES really outlined not just a woman who had been successful in business---but a true success story regardless of gender. Her story is the story of so many of us who are attempting to do the best we can regardless of the circumstances we are faced with.

In her book Carly says this: "...for the first time in human history, anyone can lead. Of course, injustice and prejudice and inequity are still realities. Nevertheless, today leadership has nothing to do with title or money or power. Leadershiop is not about gender or the color of one's skin; it is not about physical gifts or national origin. With the right support and the right opportunities, anyone can lead from anywhere at any time. Leadership is a choice about character and a choice to make a positive contribution."

With those words she is able to endure the chalelnges of success and being in power and comes out a stronger person because of it. What a powerful lesson for us in the world in which we find ourselves!

Regardless of what happens to Carly in politics, she has given so many a model they can emulate and look to for encouragement when the odds seem against us.

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For her six years as CEO of technology giant Hewlett-Packard, Carly Fiorina was one of the most public faces in business, consistently chosen as the most powerful woman in corporate America. But after being ousted by the HP board of directors in early 2005, she stepped away from the spotlight. She returns to the public eye with her new memoir,Tough Choices, the story of her tenure at HP and of her unprecedented--and unexpected--rise to the top. While much of the early attention to the book will no doubt focus on her battles with the HP board and her dismissal--and she lays out her side of that story in full detail--what is more likely to give her book a wide and lasting readership is her account of the choices she made to get to that point. As she says, she never expected to become a captain of industry; she never planned to go into business at all. But what she found, as she tells in a straightforward, personal style, was that she had a talent and a taste for working with people and making the kinds of decisions that business leadership requires. In a series of "tough choices" that give her book its name, she gravitated toward the most challenging paths that were offered her. Those choices, which many around her told her not to make, were what led her to the top in record time.

She visited the Amazon.com offices to give a talk to our employees about the book before it was published, and we were so impressed with what she had to say--and the open and focused way she said ...

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ISBN-10: 159184181X
Author: Carly Fiorina
Publisher: Portfolio Trade

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