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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Tpugh to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Tough Choices by Carly Fiorina. A Memoir by Carly Fiorina. Behind the headlines, the former CEO of Hewlett-Packard tells her own story, along with her unique perspective on leadership, technology, globalization, sexism, and many other issues.

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Lists with This Book. Dec 22, Antof9 rated it liked it Shelves: The first half of this book is totally inspiring.

It’s a great book on leadership, and one that anyone in business should read. It actually made me want to do my job better. However, the second half of this book felt like “Carly’s Defense”. It seemed like she really felt the need to tell her side, and this book is the vehicle for it.

Tough Choices: A Memoir

It wasn’t bad, per se, but it didn’t go with the first half, and in some ways, it took away from the first half.

It seemed awfully defensive, and wasn’t so much abou The first half of this book is totally inspiring. Togh seemed awfully defensive, and wasn’t so much about leadership as just the HP business itself. I’m aware that in the same situation, I’d probably feel the need to defend myself, too, but I wish the first half had stopped at the point where it was still inspiring and encouraging and made me want to be a leader as well as just a good hcoices.

View all 3 fough. Oct 04, Brian Mcquaig rated it really liked it. Please note I read the abridged audio version of this book.

‘Tough Choices,’ the Rise and Fall of Carly Fiorina : NPR

I “read” this book because I was tired of hearing, “I know someone at HP and they hate her because she ruined the company Didn’t know anyone from HP and 2. They were talking out of their ass I find those kinds of people transparent as in finding aggrandizement of themselves in Please note I read the abridged audio version of this book. Such is the ignorance that leads you down a path of stupidity and stupid decisions in your own life.

Her side of the HP story gave me a lot of clarity on what I heard from the other side. Although I see through some “massaging” of certain situations, it is clear that Carly is an articulate and honest person who also happens to be wickedly intelligent and has a work ethic to match. I urge you to read this and other books to get the entire picture of what actually happened at HP and who Carly Fiorina is, as a person.


Dec 06, Robert rated it really liked it. Carly Fiorina wrote Tough Choices: A Memoirwhich I read in December I thoroughly enjoyed it, especially the contributions she made in the field in which I thrived for my entire early career — telecommunications.

Both her stint at Lucent and Hewlett-Packard HP in leadership positions revealed important lessons many of us learned touh the optimistic s and subdued s. I resonated with her book owing to mutual experiences in the workplace. I loved working with them; I loved collaborating with them and negotiating with them.

I learned for the first time that some people in business are driven by facts and numbers, some are driven by judgment and intuition, and most are driven by both. And some are driven by emotion and ego more than others. I loved the camaraderie of working hard and then winning, or losing, together. I even found the politics of office life interesting, because I was often asked to intervene to help people find common ground.

Learning comes from rising to meet that challenge. See how Carly and her colleagues delivered. I encourage you to read Tough Choices about those myriad workplace experiences found in large companies. Nov 06, Lorna rated it it was amazing. This woman is extraordinary. She exhibits spectacular moral courage, ethical conviction, daring creativity and infectious charisma. Never would I have imagined adding to my list of personal heroes the CEO of a major corporation, but there you have it; she’s been add Wow.

Never would I have imagined adding to my list of personal heroes the CEO of a major corporation, but there you have it; she’s been added. This is a story about a meteoric rise to greatness, leadership and stupendous achievement that anyone, whether in business or not, can use as inspiration. She is a dynamo and this is not only an addictively compelling story but supremely well-written and carefully crafted.

She was a philosophy major. She studied Ancient Greek and Latin. What more needs to be said? Recommended to Laura by: I know nothing about HP or management, but I really liked this book. There is a lot on management techniques and her personal philosophies on management and business, and this is interesting to read. I enjoyed the stories of how she overcame particular obstacles at work. What I really liked about it, though, was her frank depiction of the challenges for women I know nothing about HP or management, but I really liked this book.

What I really liked about it, though, was her frank depiction of the challenges for women in the workplace, and at the same time her refusal to be categorized as a woman in the workplace.

She clearly discusses the difficulties she faced because of her gender, and then tells the reader how she overcame those difficulties. The book is sobering and uplifting at the same time. Apr 13, Nancy rated it liked it Shelves: It chronicles her rise and fall from power.


I could relate to a lot of it, of course with quite a few less zeroes in my case!

Tough Choices, by CEO Carly Fiorina

The following quotes resonated with me, primarily in the context of my own situation. They did not explain their decision or their reasoning. They did tpugh seek my opinion or my involvement in any aspect of the transition.

That day, and in the days that followed, I was more hurt than angry. I felt a curious mixture of sorrow and relief. I was never given the chance. Was there something I should have said or done that would have made the difference? Dec 12, Jon rated it really liked it Shelves: I really enjoyed this book.

One of the best leadership and business books I have read and will likely re-read or at the very least borrow wisdom from.

Carly’s astuteness for business is unmatched. This was a rather quick read that focused on her career and her thoughts on leadership. I read this book to gain some insight into Carly to see if my vote would be her this coming election.

She certainly now has it, but what I did not expect in this book and I actually appreciated the book did not go t I really enjoyed this book. She certainly now has it, but what I did not expect in this book and I fiorinq appreciated the book did not go this way was that she did not mention anyting about her political beliefs.

Rather it was strictly business as she provided a chronology of her career, her education, her early beginnings ending in the culmination of her 5.

It is unfortunate what happened to her at toward the end of her time at HP, but it is my view she is now destined for elected office. Some highlighting points were her perserverance through the establishment, her guts and her diplomacy through tough situations.

I would love to meet her one day. I have a confession to make. I otugh yet another Hewlett-Packard refugee. Working on a design team that was almost all male, it was exhilerating to have a female CEO. I agreed with the sentiments of most of my co-workers that Carly Fiorina was a But, a few weeks ago, I saw Carly speak at the Flint Center.

She was warm and engaging and refreshingly honest about her career and especially her time at HP. She impressed me enough to listen to her autobiography, Tough Choices.

I’m sure the past several years have improved my perspective on HP, but after listening to the book, my opinion of Carly has fioriina. She is intelligent, capable, and possibly saved HP from extinction.