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Product Details

  • Paperback: 237 pages
  • Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers (October 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1576755592
  • ISBN-13: 978-1576755594
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.7 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #187,041 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for Breakdown, Breakthrough

"The flow between riveting true stories and the lessons learned from them makes this book not only impossible to put down but a must-read for women at any age and any stage in their careers."
--Sharon Jordan-Evans, executive coach and co-author of Love It, Don't Leave It: 26 Ways to Get What You Want at Work

"A great resource for any woman contemplating a career change that validates her self. I especially liked the combination of the psychological thought processes along with the concrete steps to make the change. The experiences of others who have been through it is very helpful as well."
-- Nancy Mark, former Director, Lotus Development, and former Senior Manager, IBM

"Kathy invites the reader to reveal what already lives inside and gently guides the reader to realizing her dreams. What makes Kathy's book even more powerful is her willingness to share and expose her personal experiences. Suddenly you feel as if you're sitting on your living room couch with your best friend, feeling a little less scared, a bit more confident, and decidedly not alone in your journey."
--Laurie Howlett, Vice President of the Board of Trustees, Westchester Exceptional Children's School, and former Vice President of Marketing, Fortune Magazine Group

"Breakdown, Breakthrough does what so many books promise and so few deliver. It tackles a huge issue, recommends solutions, and then provides real, practical tools to get you from where you are today to your breakthrough. Empathic, powerful, and inspiring. Bravo."
--Noah Blumenthal, author of You're Addicted to You: Why It's So Hard to Change--and What You Can Do About It

About the Author

Kathy Caprino, MA is a personal and professional coach, psychotherapist, and co-founder of Living in Harmony--The Center for Emotional Health in Connecticut. Living in Harmony is a leading therapeutic center offering a wide range of services from the fields of personal and professional coaching, marriage and family therapy, counseling, psychiatry, and divorce mediation. Caprino now focuses her professional efforts on assisting women in transition through her coaching, therapy, speaking, and writing. She is dedicated to delivering programs that assist individuals and families in reclaiming their lives for greater fulfillment, purpose, and joy. She is a frequent speaker and presenter on thriving through transition, professional reinvention, and healthy parenting and family dynamics.

More About the Author

Kathy Caprino, M.A. is a nationally-recognized women's career coach and work-life expert, executive trainer, writer and speaker dedicated to the advancement of women in business. Author of Breakdown, Breakthrough, and Founder of The Amazing Career Project (www.amazingcareerproject.com), Kathy is Founder and President of Ellia Communications, Inc. (www.elliacommunications.com) -- a leading career and executive coaching and training firm helping professional women build successful and fulfilling careers of significance, and reach their highest potential.

A former corporate marketing VP, trained marriage and family therapist, and seasoned coach, Kathy is a Forbes and Huffington Post contributor and top media source on women's career issues and trends, and has appeared in over 100 leading newspapers and magazines and on national radio and television. For more information, visit www.elliacommunications.com or write to Kathy@elliacommunications.com. Connect with Kathy on Twitter, FB, LinkedIn

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It's the best book on the subject I've read since 'Time Off for Good Behavior' and 'The Power of Purpose.'
Charles Decker
This book also includes a meaty Resource section with additional books, websites and organizations to help make the fundamental changes necessary to breakthrough.
J. Abella
I highly recommend this book for anyone who wants more passion, power and purpose in their career and life.
Regina Barr

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By D. Valenti on October 8, 2008
Format: Paperback
I just finished this inspiring book, and recommend it wholeheartedly. I am really impressed with the way in which Caprino features specific case studies of professional women and how they have not only survived crisis, but come through the other side more fulfilled, happier, and more connected to their higher selves. Each chapter addresses a different focus and set of specifics, but the overall message is as hopeful as it is direct. Each of us CAN live our best, most balanced lives, starting right now. Caprino provides interesting exercises, meditations, and checklists that help keep the more practical readers moving forward, and has a fresh writing style that will bring a new perspective to even the most self-help-addicted among us.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Timma on June 27, 2011
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This book has some good information but the stories are depressing. All the women go from high powered careers in marketing to average jobs. I expected the book to be more about bigger thinking. It needed more variety for me.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Charles Decker on October 16, 2008
Format: Paperback
In the spirit of full disclosure, I am a former colleague of Kathy Caprino's and was delighted to learn she had published this book through my wonderful former employer, Berrett-Koehler [the best small publisher in the country, and the most author-friendly.] As someone who reviews books for several national business magazines, I am always on the lookout for new books by and for women. Though one might think this was purely *for* women, I think it has real lessons for everyone seeking passion and purpose in their work. Too often managers get so caught up in the day-to-day firefighting that they forget what brought them to their current jobs in the first place. And who suffers most? Their employees -- and, sadly, often their families when they come home empty and burned out after another tension-filled day at the office. I urge both men and women to take a look at this entertaining and inspiring book. I ordered it for my Kindle this morning and have already almost finished it. It's the best book on the subject I've read since 'Time Off for Good Behavior' and 'The Power of Purpose.' Congratulations, old friend.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Alice Berger on May 11, 2010
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Although it's been well documented that many men go through a midlife crisis, women have only recently recognized a similar life transition. When a woman suddenly finds herself stuck in a career that no longer seems to fit and she longs for something more, she often has no place to turn. Breakdown, Breakthrough was conceived when Kathy Caprino found herself in the midst of her own professional meltdown, and provides answers for women facing these struggles.

When a woman feels out of control in this stage of life, she needs to be empowered to make the right choices. Four areas of empowerment are covered in this book: with self, with others, with the world, and with the higher self. In all four areas, the reader is invited to step back to explore what might be causing the problem, let go of something that just isn't working, and say yes to something new that might work better.

Caprino shares the wisdom she's collected from women who have been through some dramatic changes that improved the quality of their lives. In addition to sharing their stories, these women offer advice and affirmations to guide us on a similar breakthrough. Action steps and probing questions are also provided.

A resource list of reading, websites, and groups is included, and Caprino suggests that you may need the support of a life coach or therapist, if you feel you can't make these changes alone. But the most important thing you can do now is to recognize and take action to make your life the best it can be. Breakdown, Breakthrough can provide the expert assistance you'll need on your journey.

Reviewer: Alice Berger
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Proud Mama on March 17, 2010
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Don't wait for the breakdown---grab Caprino's book when you start to slide. It's pitched to the professional woman in crisis but it works for the dips in the career path also. Plus, it goes beyond the executive or corporate professional woman to fit work-at-home women like me, a writer freelancing. Just be warned it is not a fast read. Each chapter needs to simmer and settle before the reader moves on. I suspect I'll come back to it again. Thank you, Kathy Caprino!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By R. Rosauro on December 13, 2008
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I read Kathy Caprino's book a couple of months ago in the midst of questioning my own professional future. It helped me clarify my thoughts and feelings and find a new direction in my professional life. Since the book has exercises for self questioning and lots of practical advice I still open it for ideas and inspiration.

I especially love the way Kathy divided the women's stories in four empowerment chapters: with self, with others, with world, and the higher self. In doing so she guides us gently to deal first with our self-centered concerns to those with our relationship with others, the world and ultimately, higher purpose and spiritual growth. This is an excellent book which helps us to tap into our own creative forces to find fulfillment and purpose in all aspects of our lives.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Abella on February 26, 2010
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I was pleased to receive a review copy of Breakdown, Breakthrough: The Professional Woman's Guide to Claiming a Life of Passion, Power, and Purpose. The author, Kathy Caprino, is the founder of Elia Communications and a fellow Make Mine a Million Dollar Business program awardee ([...]). Kathy is passionate about empowering and developing women and this passion shows throughout her writing.

Kathy has interviewed countless women who have been through a crisis of one form or another. Engaging stories introduce us to each chapter, each illustrating vividly a particular challenge many of us have faced (or will face) at one time or another. These targeted examples seque into an exploration of the topic, complete with advice from those who have been there. We are then lead through simple yet powerful steps to move forward. This book also includes a meaty Resource section with additional books, websites and organizations to help make the fundamental changes necessary to breakthrough.

I believe every woman can relate to the chapter "Balancing Life and Work". In today's over-scheduled, hyper-speed world, this chapter is incredibly relevant. Kathy guides us through identifying our deepest fears about giving up some of the control we've taken on and visualizing what a balanced life looks like. She challenges us to take on and let go of those fears. Then we are able to step forward, one step at a time.

If you're struggling to find a career path, you might be particularly inspired by the chapter, "Using Real Talents in Life and Work". This chapter gives you the space and the permission to fully explore who you are and what you love. It works hand in hand with "Doing Work and Play You Love".
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