Welcome! Today’s interview is part of a series to help you grow personally and professionally. Today’s guest, Mitch Martens, is the Employee Wellness Administrator at Cedars-Sinai Health System in Los Angeles, California. He follows a simple philosophy that can be found in any of his programing…humans are motivated at the heart and when you risk going there, the possibilities are endless.

Today was a free flowing conversation and I had no questions prepared which is so unlike me. But I wanted this to be an authentic conversation and wanted to give Mitch the space to do his thing.

We talk about what Mitch calls a well giver, takes us through his career path, he’s a little vulnerable about where he still struggles with his new experiences and he asks me to think of a time when something happened that made an impact on me.  I get a little vulnerable too, talking about my panic about the limited time I have left on this planet and some of my hopes and dreams.

If you’re up for a conversation between two wellness pros that gets into the personal side of wellness, then you’ll enjoy this.

Also, click here to learn more about my upcoming training, Next Generation Wellness: From Theory to Practice.

Biggest Takeaways You Don’t Want to Miss:
  • One of the challenges of helping hospital employees tap into their “why” is because it consumes them (and they don’t take care of themselves).
  • The PERMA profiler represents 5 pillars of well-being that were incorporated into YOUniversity.
  • We get caught up in our daily responsibilities and forget to ask ourselves “am I stimulated in my life?”
  • Are we judging the people that we’re serving? Can we take a step back and be curious about how they got where they’re at (without judgment)?
  • Be aware of the stories we’re writing and how we’re reacting to them. Write a story that motivates you to make changes.
  • Sometimes we get so focused on the endpoint that we forget to enjoy the journey.
Check out these highlights (with timestamps):
  • The definition of a well giver [7:35]
  • Mitch’s career path and how he started out [10:13]
  • What’s Mitch and Jesse cover in YOUniversity [18:14]
  • His “It’s all about caring” program and how it impacted employee engagement [21:25]
  • Where Mitch struggles personally [27:53]
  • Mitch taking me through an exercise of the power of firsts that changed, influenced and/or made me a better well giver [31:17]
  • Mitch’s “first” story and what he learned [50:16]
  • One place for you to get started to create more “firsts” for you or others [55:57]
Mentioned in this episode:

My new training: https://redesigningwellness.com/impactandinfluence/

Mitch’s prior podcast interview

Authentichappiness.org

https://flashpack.com/

MJ Shaar’s interview

Full Bio:

Mitch is the Employee Wellness Administrator at Cedars-Sinai Health System in Los Angeles, California. For the past 25+ years, Mitch has cultivated academic and professional experiences and applied them to the importance of turning theory into practical applications. He follows a simple philosophy that can be found in any of his programing…humans are motivated at the heart and when you risk going there, the possibilities are endless.

Mitch holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Clinical Psychology. He is a national consultant, public speaker, and facilitator of experiences. His moto is simple, “your passion should always be greater than your fears”.  Mitch has been actively engaged with select industry leaders and peer organizations, including WELCOA, HERO, American Journal of Health Promotion, CDC, Global Healthcare Resources, Hospital Association of Southern CA, American Heart Association, Anthem Blue Cross, the National Association of Mobile Health Clinics, the Department of Public Health and the Experience Innovation Network.

And now that you heard all the boring resume stuff, here is the human side of Mitch,  growing up in Midwest gave him his foundational morals & ethics.  Struggling in his teens with sexuality forced him to face internal and external demons. His 20’s allowed him to architect unique professional paths while the 30’s taught him how to be a better partner in relationships.  His 40’s became a springboard for living in the unknown and saying yes to what scared him.  And now in his 50’s, Mitch is realizing experiences, relationships and trust in a higher power is where he thrives.  This guy is anything but textbook ,but like all people, he has a good story to share.

Mitch.Martens@cshs.org

LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/mitchmartens