Thriving In and Out of the Career

In this podcast episode, host Cyndi Doyle interviews Brian Ellis, a retired law enforcement officer and creator of Magnus Worx, about the importance of wellness and resilience in the law enforcement profession. Wellness is not just a physical issue, but also a mental one, and it is crucial for law enforcement organizations to prioritize the well-being of their personnel. Ellis discusses the alarming state of public safety well-being and the need for organizations to take action to support their employees. He also highlights the importance of data in measuring the effectiveness of wellness programs and the role of technology in providing a safe and anonymous environment for individuals to express their needs and concerns. Ellis encourages law enforcement personnel to prioritize their own wellness and seek out resources and support, and emphasizes the need for organizations to adopt a strategic and holistic approach to wellness.  

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Wellness and resilience work to combat and counter the impact of the job both physically and mentally. Research shows departments and agencies have wellness initiatives, but now research shows these programs are not being accessed as we’d hoped. Today, I speak with Brian Ellis, a retired officer and creator of Magnus Worx, about the research and science of wellness and resilience and what it means to you. Brian says if law enforcement organizations want the best out of their people, their people need to thrive at home and work. He goes on to say that the state of public safety and well-being is alarming. While expectations for this community continue to rise, not enough is being done to revive the profession and live up to the expectations that everyone in this noble profession needs to perform at their best.
 
(03:00): Brian discusses his career and how it led him to focus on wellness and resilience in the law enforcement profession.
 
(05:52): Discussion surrounding the foundation of Magnus Worx and its functions.
 
(08:43): Brian talks about the trends in law enforcement using “Four Set Quadrants.”
 
(10:33): “Over 4,000 law enforcement partners, executives, managers, supervisors, officers, professional staff, put themselves in this angry and anxious quadrant.”
 
(12:10): “Uncertain, complex environments are ambiguous. People are brittle, and things are nonlinear. People are anxious. It’s volatility at its best. It’s chaos.” Brian Ellis
 
(12:25): Our officers are expected to perform at their best, but there are missed opportunities to help them learn what is needed to transform their total health and well-being.
 
(13:35): The problem arises when wellness programs lack the transformational stage that shows wellness as a systems approach.
 
“It’s a strategic imperative where it integrates into everything from how you recruit and retain people, and how you work operationally. It’s a shared approach from the top down, meaning that everybody sees it for what it is, but it’s integrated in everything that we do and assesses metrics.” – Brian Ellis
 
(16:11): Public safety is missing how important data is when implementing wellness programs.
 
“90% of organizations saw a positive return on their positive ROI on their wellness investments. 85% of those professionals said there was a reduction in recruitment costs and sick days, 77% of employees said that they would leave organizations that didn’t prioritize well-being, and 83% of employees said it’s as important as their salary. So people are telling us, they’re raising their hands saying, yes, this is important to me.” Brian Ellis
 
(20:34): Ellis discusses how technology can allow multiple groups to come together as one entity and benefit from collected data.
 
 

IN THIS PODCAST EPISODE, HOST CYNDI DOYLE INTERVIEWS BRIAN ELLIS, A RETIRED LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER AND CREATOR OF MAGNUS WORX, ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF WELLNESS AND RESILIENCE IN THE LAW ENFORCEMENT PROFESSION.


(22:53): The effectiveness of wellness is unknown without measuring self-reported data.


(25:16): We should be measuring certain factors when it comes to the success of wellness initiatives.


(27:55): Magnus Worx talks about performance and wellbeing in the 11 domains of wellbeing.


31:08): Two of the domains of well-being are relational and family dynamics. They have overlapping skills but fundamental differences.


35:32): How technology plays a role in wellness programs in the public safety sector and why it can be a challenge. “Confidentiality is very important to a successful peer support program.” – Brian Ellis

(40:56): Misconnection can be created with the advances in technology and the increasing popularity of social media platforms impacting our resilience. This is most often seen in the younger generations.

(41:57): “We should be setting our goal at having transformational wellness maturity where it is in everything we do. We can’t expect cops to make the best decisions in the field if they’re not right.”-Brian Ellis

(53:05): “Wellness is so important because it’s not just surviving the career, it’s thriving through and outside of the career.”-Cyndi Doyle

Brian Ellis is a retired police lieutenant with over 25 years of experience, author, instructor, and crisis management professional. Throughout his police career, he served in numerous tactical incidents and high-stakes missions with several accommodations for meritorious service. Brian led numerous specialty teams, and during his time as the SWAT Commander and specialty team leader, he developed strong understanding of the dynamics that make people and missions thrive. Upon retiring from the police force, Brian’s passion for empowering others led him to pursue his work at the National Command & Staff College, an international think-tank, and with colleagues, launched MAGNUSWorx, an education and data analytics platform dedicated to peak performance and well-being. Brian is a speaker, coach, and trainer for government and private organizations, dedicated to promoting leadership, high-performing teams, and providing others with actionable information for personal preparedness and resilience. His work has
been featured in various media outlets, including numerous articles, book chapters, and podcasts.

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In this podcast episode, host Cyndi Doyle interviews Brian Ellis, a retired law enforcement officer and creator of Magnus Worx, about the importance of wellness and resilience in the law enforcement profession. Wellness is not just a physical issue, but also a mental one, and it is crucial for law enforcement organizations to prioritize the well-being of their personnel. Ellis discusses the alarming state of public safety well-being and the need for organizations to take action to support their employees. He also highlights the importance of data in measuring the effectiveness of wellness programs and the role of technology in providing a safe and anonymous environment for individuals to express their needs and concerns. Ellis encourages law enforcement personnel to prioritize their own wellness and seek out resources and support, and emphasizes the need for organizations to adopt a strategic and holistic approach to wellness.  

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