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Breakdown, Breakthrough: The Professional Woman's Guide to Claiming a Life of Passion, Power, and Purpose (Paperback)
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Thousands of professional women, though outwardly successful, find themselves in the midst of a crisis, believing that they’ve sacrificed meaning, fulfillment, and balance in their lives to achieve work-related success. Their lives feel unmanageable—and they are confused, blocked, overwhelmed and unable to move forward effectively. Kathy Caprino sheds light on this growing epidemic of disempowerment and shows women how to reinvigorate and reclaim their lives.
Breakdown, Breakthrough uses a comprehensive coaching, behavioral, and spiritual framework to explore how women can restore their power and reconnect with their life visions as they awake from the paralysis of professional dissatisfaction and personal diminishment. Caprino outlines a new model for understanding disempowerment, one that focuses on women’s relationships with themselves, with others, with the world, and with what she calls their higher selves. She identifies twelve specific challenges professional women face and offers concrete, practical advice for overcoming each one—helping readers “step back, let go of what is holding them back, and say yes” to creating a compelling and rewarding next chapter of life and work.
This is also a deeply personal book. Caprino candidly discusses her own struggles with crippling feelings of disempowerment, and shares moving stories and heartfelt advice gleaned from her interviews with over one hundred women who experienced and overcame the crises she describes. Breakdown, Breakthrough offers working women who are stressed, stuck, and dissatisfied access to new inspiration, hope, and a definite plan of action.
About the Author
Kathy Caprino is a life and executive coach, a career transition consultant, a speaker, and the founder/president of Ellia Communications, Inc.
“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…What makes Kathy’s book even more powerful is her willingness to share her personal experiences. Suddenly you feel as if you’re sitting on your living room couch with your best friend, feeling 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