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May 25, 2006

News & Opinion: BEA - Carly Fiornia

By: 800-CEO-READ @ 2:45 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

We had the opportunity to sit down with Carly Fiornia last Thursday night. Portfolio is publishing her book called Tough Choices. From the description that she and the folks from Portfolio gave, the book has aspects that are auto-biographical and also tries to conveys lessons. The books covers her entire professional life starting with her first job as a typist after she dropped out of law school.

The book is embargoed (meaning there is no pre-released books or galleys prior to the publication date) so that is going to create some interest. Carly says there are a many things that have not be written about as it relates to her time at HP. It should be interesting.

I asked her what she read and she said she was a newspaper reader, though uses email alerts for specific things. She immediately followed that with saying her favorite book of late was The Smartest Guys in The Room. She drew out the lessons in leadership (or failings) and felt is really illustrated the importance of "the tone of leadership" at a company.

We ended the evening with a great dinner with Will Weisser and Deb Lewis from Penguin. I just want to thank them for the great food and conversation.