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Former Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina’s controversial stint as the CEO of Hewlett-Packard is but one story from her eventful life. She has bravely overcome adversity and carved out a leadership role. In her second book (which predates her entry into the 2016 race for the GOP nomination), Fiorina discusses her controversial tenure as CEO of Hewlett-Packard, her battle with breast cancer, her unsuccessful US Senate bid in California against Barbara Boxer, and her stepdaughter’s drug-related death. Fiorina promotes her leadership, social and political principles. While always politically neutral, getAbstract believes readers can benefit from spending time with this intriguing leader.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How Carly Fiorina deals with personal setbacks and tragedies,
  • What Fiorina learned from her controversial tenure as CEO of Hewlett-Packard, and
  • What reasons motivate her to run for public office and work for charity.
 

About the Author

Carly Fiorina is former CEO of Hewlett-Packard and a Republican candidate for President of the United States.

 

Summary

Human Potential

Instead of discussing politics, Carly Fiorina focused her speech at a New Hampshire Rotary Club meeting on the power of human potential. She cited herself as an example of how someone in America can rise from being a secretary at a small firm to becoming CEO of the world’s largest technology company. Fiorina said government can’t take away the gifts God bestows on every human being. America offers the freedom for any individual to unlock his or her potential. That can happen when people receive a chance, support, education and a job. No one can succeed without a helping hand.

Fiorina is a proponent of free markets and believes in their ability to encourage entrepreneurship. Small businesses create two-thirds of the new jobs in the US and employ 50% of the American workforce. She advises young people who want to get ahead to find a job. She counsels that whether the position is prestigious or not doesn’t matter, because “there is dignity in all work.” Dealing with inefficient bureaucracies can be disheartening, however, and giant organizations often prefer the status quo and stifle “ambition and innovation.” Many firms regard customers as hindrances...


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