Sunday, January 02, 2011

Tough Choices for the New Year

I have just returned from a rainy few days at the beach with the hubby-boo. Don't cry for me, cold rainy days means staying in doors and curling up in bed with your favorite person. I was very lucky to begin the year with love, relaxation and a great view of the water. I am also happy to have finally finished my copy of Carly Fiorina's memoir Tough Choices. I am a bit of a mad person in that I read many books at a time. I cannot tell you how long I have been reading this, but at least you know why it has taken me a while. Carly Fiorina is the former CEO of Hewlett-Packard, she is smart, tough, and as cute as a button. While I do not agree with her politics, she has been a women that I admire and am really intrigued by. I first learned about her in 5 or so years ago when she was running HP and was abruptly ousted as described when she was covered on 60 Minutes.  She wasn't at all what I pictured when I thought of woman CEOs. They always look cold with pantsuits and their string of pearls come off facetious. But she, she was a woman I could relate too.  Her book read like an HBO movie and a management textbook. Interesting and incredibly informative. She is frank about her emotions in her book noting that leaders are not fearless but know how to move in spite of fear. Whether it was taking a risk or standing on principle she made tough decisions, and stood by them. You win some and you lose some but I think you'll win more than you'll lose this way. She continued to make bold moves even after battling breast cancer in 2009 and ran unsuccessfully for U.S. Senate in the state of California on the Republican ticket. I am curious to see what she does next.
As I prep myself for the next for the first work week of the new year, I think of the number of tough decisions that I will have to make in the next few months. My career, the current pursuit of a doctorate degree, my personal and professional relationships all deserve an evaluation and a new approach. The next few steps will not be easy. I have been saying I need a new life. New with tags, I'll say. But I know that this uncomfortability begets progress. Something bigger is waiting for me and I have decided to go get it.
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