May 25, 2006

News & Opinion: BEA - Carly Fiornia

By: Dylan Schleicher @ 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.

About Dylan Schleicher

Dylan Schleicher has been a part of the 800-CEO-READ claque since 2003. Even though he's stayed on at the company, he has not stayed put. After beginning in shipping & receiving, he joined customer service and accounting before moving into his current, highly elliptical orbit of duties overseeing the ChangeThis and In the Books websites, the company's annual review of books and in-house design. He lives with his wife and two children in the Washington Heights neighborhood on Milwaukee's West Side.