Breaking Yourself Wide Open to Create Personal and Professional Greatness with Diana Wong Ph.D. & Darrin Tulley

Original Air Date Wednesday, June 3, 2020 

Would you believe it if you were told that love, curiosity, and vulnerability are the core elements of a visionary business leader or that asking informed questions is a critical leadership skill? To overcome personal and professional challenges, it is essential to learn the soft skills of life. People who feel connected, appreciated, valued, and happy are more likely to work with purpose and when that purpose is to move an idea forward it can be powerful. To find out how breaking ourselves open personally and professionally can lead to greatness, Positive Psychology Podcast Host, Lisa Cypers Kamen speaks with Dr. Diana Wong about strategic planning for implementing change in business and life. And, Darrin Tulley who works with people to spark their curiosity and ignite their joy.

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Diana Wong Ph.D. — Creating Professional Greatness
  • Strategic planning for implementing change in business and life. [4:50]
  • Leaders who overestimate their abilities and underestimate challenges are those who most benefit from strategic solutions. [8:55]
  • How questions help leaders assemble a team that can rise to a challenge when the odds seem impossible. [13:07]
  • Diana describes how she uses examples of loving leaders in her executive coaching program. [22:25]

Dr. Diana Wong is an Associate Professor of strategy, entrepreneurship, and organizational change in the College of Business at Eastern Michigan University as well as CEO & President of Sensei Change, a strategy consulting firm. Her global life includes living and working in Papua New Guinea, teamwork on the US-Canada Free Trade Agreement and NAFTA, teaching in a graduate HR program in China, and multiple projects in Africa and the Middle East. Contributing her life as a grain of sand to re-balance the inequities in the world drives her to serve and provide leadership for four non-profit organization boards.


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Darrin Tulley — Break Yourself Wide Open:
  • Darrin recalls the time he created a local paper where people in the community shared their joy. [38:00]
  • Using happiness, Darrin helps people become the most of what they can be. [40:31]
  • Childhood innovation and pleasures can be rekindled to create a spark of greatness. [48:18]
  • Failure should be fun, synchronicity is alive and well, and the beauty of curiosity and wonder. [56:28]

SDarrin Tulley began his career as an accountant and discovered he loved connecting with humans even more. Along the way, he had a personal awakening and has pieced his experience together. Ignite Happy, LLC was founded by Darrin to help people ignite happy from within and experience the amazing connections that are right in front of us every day. As the Chief of Possibilities, Darrin happily encourages action and inspires commitment to change, as if lives are depending on it.



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