Having Fun with Failure

I want to fail in 2016. Stumble, trip, fall, and maybe even be humiliated. Fail big and boldly.
What sparked this “career fail resolution”? Seeing extraordinarily talented clients beset by fear of failure. Watching students peer over the edge of the next career step...
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Career Happiness Coaching - Combat Career Shame with the ABCDE Model

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Career Happiness Coaching - Strategies for Facing the Fear of Not Being Enough

Positive Prevention for the Assist Virus

​The Assist Virus has reached epidemic levels. While highly contagious among young professionals, it has also been known to infect seasoned workers. Symptoms include temporary hearing loss when being praised, blindness to strengths, and...   Read full article >

Career Happiness Coaching - Fun: The Dirty Three-Letter Word
Career Happiness Coaching - The Flourishing Center Podcast
Career Happiness Coaching - Part 2: Hitting the Welling-Being Jackpot

Building a Community of Strengths Accomplices

“She needs to stop raising her hand so much!” An elementary school teacher informed my friend’s dad that she should stop showing everyone that she knew all the answers. He was incensed. There was nothing wrong with his daughter...Read full article >

Career Happiness Coaching - Having Fun with Failure

Getting Back on the Court: How to Recover from Career Injuries

I used to love playing tennis. In fact, I was a state doubles champion in high school (albeit in the tiny state of Delaware). Then, 15 years ago, a cross-country skiing accident shattered my elbow into “tiny little pieces,” to quote my surgeon. I’m left-handed, and I now... Read full article >

Part 1: Hitting Bankrupt: Careers and ‘Wheel of Fortune’

Everyone thought a snake was in my tent when I ran out screaming. But it was only an e-mail, one that made it to my phone—even though we were in the bottom of the Grand Canyon—to inform me that I had been selected to audition for Wheel of Fortune...Read full article >

Career Happiness Coaching - Building a Community of Strengths Accomplices

Strategies for Facing the Fear of Not Being Enough

Fifteen minutes into my presentation at the World Congress on Positive Psychology this summer, I felt off balance. I was speaking only from my head and not from my heart. Words were coming out, people were nodding, but my authenticity and connection were missing.  Read full article >

Media Citations​


Do You Really Have To Settle For Your First Job, by Elana Lyn Gross, monster.com.

How to Balance the Boss & the Baby​, by Kristen Gomez, careeranista.com.
The 5 Essential Job Perks You Should Hold Out For,  Catherine Conlan, philly.com. 
Show that you Care by Giving a Present that will Help Your Career, Lee Miller, New Jersey Star Ledger. 

Part 2: Hitting the Well-Being Jackpot

“Please enter your travel dates.” I have ruminated incessantly about my failure to solve this puzzle when I was a contestant on Wheel of Fortune this summer. If only I had figured it out, I would have won the trip, gone to the Bonus Round... Read full article >

Choosing Career Depth over Career Height

“At this point in my life, I’m more interested in the depth of my career than its height.” This comment from my friend and mentor, Shoshanna Cogan, stopped me in my tracks. Depth, not height..  As a highly accomplished and talented international trainer, Shoshanna.... Read full article >

Career Happiness Coaching - Making Piece with All Our PIeces
Career Happiness Coaching - Part 1: Hitting Bankrupt Careers and Wheel of Fortune

Four Practices for Building the Hope Muscle

​​I just missed something big with a coaching client. I was blinded by my laser-focused “career action glasses,” and missed seeing that she lacked a belief in herself and her future.
She was a “good” client: She did all the career exploration activities...
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Career Happiness Coaching - Facing Off with the Strength-Shaming Bullies

Fun: The Dirty Three-Letter Word

"I know this sounds childish, but I want a job that is fun.” My client was embarrassed to utter this “dirty” word during our career coaching session. Hearing the discomfort in his voice, I could feel my playful heart break. When did it become wrong to want to have fun at your job? Read full article >

Career Happiness Coaching - Choosing Career Depth over Career Height

Facing Off with the Strength-Shaming Bullies

Strength-Shaming Bullies are everywhere. They can be colleagues, bosses, teacher, friends, parents, strangers, and the media—but often the worst bully of all is the one that looks back at you in the mirror.  Read full article >

​Combating Career Shame with the ABCDE Model

Career Shame hides in the shadows, lurking and taunting, until it can’t be ignored. It’s the nagging feeling that you’re not living up to your own potential. It’s the fear that peers are moving up while you’re being passed over. It’s a gnawing jealousy and a sense that...​​  Read full article >

AmeriCorps Alum Career Coach 

Making Piece with All Our Pieces

​Four years ago, the man I was going to marry broke my heart, and I found myself virtually alone in a new town (one that I had moved to for him). Basic human functions like sleeping and eating felt unbearable. How could I even imagine showing up at work...  Read full article

*HIGHLIGHT* - Listen to Denise's Interview on The Flourishing Center Podcast

Denise was interviewed by The Flourishing Center on the integration of positive psychology and careers.  Listen to Denise's approach to coaching and how she helps her clients find career happiness.  Her interview starts at 16:44.  Listen >

​Denise is the AmeriCorps Alum Career Coach and has reached thousands of national service members and alumni through workshops, webinars and her Career Coach Column.  Additionally, she writes a regular blog for the Wholebeing Institute, an educational organization focusing on courses that help people live life to its fullest.  Denise applies a strength-based, positive psychology framework toward inspiring individuals to find career happiness. 

Career Happiness Coaching - Four Practices for Building the Hope Muscle
Career Happiness Coaching - Positive Prevention for the Assist Virus
Career Happiness Coaching - Getting Back to the Court: How to Recover from Career Injuries