You may have heard that a documentary was going to come out about Carly Fiorina . The documentary is intended to more fully inform people of who Fiorina is since she isn’t as much of a household name as some other candidates running. (Some folks have said this is what Mitt Romney should have done with the very good documentary made about him – have it come out BEFORE the Election, not after it.)
Back in early September, CARLY for America circulated buzz on an upcoming documentary about dark horse presidential candidate Carly Fiorina. They knew that, in spite of a favorable image with the oft-polled American public, more people needed to hear the story of the only female Republican presidential candidate.
They released a trailer, and it made a splash in the conservative media. Before September’s CNN debate, Carly Fiorina was an enigma; we’d seen her before, but we’d never seen her perform the way she did in the Fox News “undercard” debate.
In the wake of her breakout performance in the CNN debate, even conservatives who felt loyalty for another candidate had to admit that Carly was earning the attention given to her by the national media. Her “secretary to CEO” story was resonating—and that presented an opening for critics to hack away at it.
A recent WaPo “fact check” on the “secretary to CEO” narrative appeared so slanted to readers it earned backlash warranting an explainer/walk-back from the columnist as well as the Post’s editors. The article hurt (as all major outlet articles can do) but it also teed up a perfect opportunity for Fiorina’s backers to release the full-length documentary on the candidate’s life. […] (Click here to read the rest.)
Without further ado, here is the link to take you to “Citizen Carly.”
What a great way to introduce this Presidential Candidate to the people, and smart, too. This documentary definitely enables people to get a fuller sense of who Fiorina is without bias from “journalists” reporting on her.
Same goes for those executives who actually worked with Carly Fiorina. Recently, another executive, this one from AT&T and Lucent, Bill Rohrbach, has come out in support of Fiorina as a leader, and as a potential President. From Fortune:
[…] I first met Carly Fiorina when we were both working at AT&T. I began reporting directly to her in 1991, when she was heading up of worldwide strategy and I held a similar role for the company’s European division. That arrangement lasted until 1993—though we continued to work together on and off until she left Lucent in 1999.
I’m here to tell you that Fiorina’s detractors, including Donald Trump, couldn’t be more wrong in their assessment of her leadership. Fiorina was bright, insightful, and dedicated to growing our company and developing relationships with employees and customers. There is a reason she rose from a secretary to a CEO – Fiorina is the real deal.
Fiorina realized the crux of the issue was R&D funding. After a major campaign, she was able to convince some of the higher-ups to move funding into the Sales Organization. Then she created a unit within Sales that controlled the funding and acted as a liaison between Product Units and Sales, determining which products to fund and develop.
Fiorina called this concept Customer Architecture. It completely revolutionized Network Systems, pulling a stodgy, lagging company into the 21st Century. Network Systems once again became competitive—and it was this customer architecture that eventually turned Network Systems into Lucent Technologies.
Rohrbach went into some detail on the particulars of what Fiorina focused, so if you want more details, by all means, check out the entire piece at Fortune. He concluded his remarks with this:
We at AT&T saw this pattern time and time again: When Fiorina put her mind to something, she accomplished it. She was relentless, and through persistence, perseverance, and personality she gradually won people over. In the end, her changes were made and all those working within Network Systems benefited. Fiorina’s genius was recognizing the problem, analyzing the situation, developing a solution and implementing the fix. And those of us lucky enough to work with her reaped the rewards of her leadership.
These are the exact characteristics we need in our next president. From my personal experience working closely with Fiorina, I can assure you that she is dedicated, enthusiastic, relentless, collaborative, and courageous—and that she will work harder than any person you have ever met to fix the dysfunction in Washington and get our country back in the leadership business.
Fiorina has a proven track record of fighting the entrenched status quo—and winning. She is the leader we need in Washington who will fight for the American people, and I encourage you to join me in supporting her for President of the United States. (Click here to read the rest.)
As more and more of these executives who worked with Fiorina come out and paint a fuller picture of her than the Democratic Talking Points of Sen. Barbara Boxer, we continue to see a woman who is smart as hell, has tremendous vision, is willing and able to roll up her sleeves and get the job done. That DOES sound like the kind of President I would like to have.
And there is one more factor about Fiorina that seems to separate her certainly from our current POTUS, but some other candidates in the mix. And that is this: she is willing and able to learn from her mistakes, which means she acknowledges that she MAKES mistakes sometimes, a refreshing change from our current Commander-in-Chief. This ability to learn is detailed in great lenth in the following BizJournal piece. It is a lengthy interview, and I urge you to read it in its entirety, but here is a taste of it:
Bizwomen: Failure is having a bit of a moment right now, with more women encouraged to embrace it as an opportunity to learn. As someone whose tenure in the upper echelons of business has come under fire lately, can you tell me about a time you failed and what you learned from it?
Fiorina: I think we ought to think about what failure really means because I think part of the reason people are afraid to try things is they’re afraid they’re going to fail.
Entrepreneurship, innovation, leadership — it’s always about risk-taking. It’s always about trying something new. So if you’re not willing to risk making a mistake — which is what a failure is, you make a mistake, the key is not to make the same mistake twice — then you’re never going to try anything new. And that holds a lot of women back. They say, “Oh I can’t take a risk, I might make a mistake.”
I think failure is too big a word. I think it’s the wrong word.
BW: So have you made mistakes that you’ve learned from?
Fiorina: Yes, I’ve made mistakes. I’ve made mistakes about people. I’ve made mistakes about what it actually took to accomplish something I had in mind. I’ve made mistakes in not seeing something.
We buried a daughter to drug addiction. I made a lot of mistakes on that journey, not seeing things that were right in front of me.
Making mistakes — failing, to use your term — is the only way you grow. It’s the only way you accomplish things. And if you’re not willing to actually make mistakes, then you aren’t ever willing to take a risk. And if you never take a risk, you never grow. […] (Click here to read the rest.)
Fiorina makes some good points in this interview, to be sure. As we get to see a fuller picture of her, from the voices of those who worked with her to the documentary about her life, to these kinds of in depth interviews, she continues to impress with her intellect, experience, willingness to allow people in on the losses and battles she has faced, and more. I find her to be quite impressive.
I know there is a lot going on right now with the storm that is still battering my state (we continue to be fine), to the Democrats using a despicable assault against Christians as gun-control fodder, which has made Obama unwelcome in that part of Oregon, and more. So feel free to discuss any of the above as well as the issues of the day. This is an Open Thread.