Episode 2: Carly Fiorina, American Businesswoman and Political Figure (Part 2 of 2)

Carly Fiorina

Carly Fiorina is an American businesswoman and political figure known most commonly for her time as the CEO of Hewlett-Packard, and her presidential run in 2016. She started out as a secretary and during the course of her long and illustrious career, worked her way up to become a Chief Executive of the largest technology company in the world. She has run for President, has run charities, and is a mother, author, and leader on many different fronts.

In this episode of The Culture Gap, the second of two episodes featuring Carly, she talks about the lessons she learned in closing the culture gaps during her time at HP, and the other leadership takeaways it comes to enforcing company culture across the organization. She also shares her views on the Me Too movement and the importance of considering a company’s social impact. Carly has some words of wisdom about closing the gaps within American society to better engage in discussions about political issues. Welcome to The Culture Gap.

Key Takeaways


[:43] Daniel introduces his guest for this episode — Carly Fiorina.

[1:14] What is the role that boards play with regard to setting and measuring a corporate culture, and then holding leadership teams accountable for the behaviors in the firm?

[5:10] What happens to companies when they keep “culture vampires” around, and when leaders aren't willing to deal with such people?

[6:44] What do all CEOs need to know and think about in the context of the Me Too movement as it continues to unfold?

[9:15] What is the role of a corporation vis-a-vis profit vs. social impact?

[12:55] One of the greatest divides in the country is that people can't have a reasonable conversation about policy in their own families. How can a conversation be started to close the gap where Americans can begin to listen to each other again?

[15:22] What would Carly tell her younger self as she was just starting out?

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