Joe Tye is CEO and Head Coach of Values Coach Inc., which provides consulting, coaching, and training on values-based life and leadership skills for hospital, corporate, and association clients across North America. Values Coach is dedicated to transforming people through the power of values, transforming organizations through the power of people, and helping hospitals build a culture of ownership on a foundation of values. The Values Coach INSPIRED Award recognizes values and culture excellence in healthcare organizations.

Joe is the author of twelve books on personal and business success including All Hands on Deck: 8 Essential Lessons for Building a Culture of Ownership, The Healing Tree, and The Florence Prescription: From Accountability to Ownership. With nearly half a million copies in circulation, The Florence Prescription has helped hundreds of healthcare organizations more effectively design and build a culture of ownership and foster a “proceed until apprehended” spirit of self empowerment. His book Designing the Invisible: Designing and Building a Culture of Ownership (with Bob Dent) was published by Sigma Theta Tau International in April, 2017.

Prior to founding Values Coach in 1994, Joe was chief operating officer of a large community teaching hospital. He was founding president of the Association of Air Medical Services and a leading activist fighting against unethical tobacco industry marketing practices.

Joe earned a master’s degree in hospital and health administration from The University of Iowa and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he served as class co-president. He is a dynamic, passionate and entertaining speaker with a powerful message. His presentations are packed with unique insights and practical ideas, richly illustrated by real-world examples, and spiced with humor and stories.


H&HN Daily Columns by Joe Tye:

An Ownership Culture, July 31, 2014
Using Values to Gain Competitive Advantage, April 29, 2013  
12 Great Ideas for Building a Culture of Ownership in Health Care, December 12, 2012
Cultural Transformation in Health Care Settings, February 21, 2012
Cardinal Rules for Crisis Response (with Anne Toomey) May 17, 2012


Featured Presentations

The Florence Prescription: Joe’s most popular speaking topic – how to re-spark the spirit of Florence Nightingale. The presentation includes both personal strategies for being a more effective leader and organizational strategies for building a culture of ownership. At the option of the client, all participants receive copies of Joe’s book The Florence Prescription for just $5 each, and he is available for autographs in conjunction with the event.

All Hands on Deck: In today’s turbulent and hypercompetitive world it’s not enough to just hold people accountable for their jobs – you need them taking ownership for their work and for their organization. Joe describes essential elements of a culture of ownership and strategies for promoting that culture in your organization.

The Pickle Challenge for Charity: How to transform your culture one attitude at a time by helping your people transform complaints into contributions. The Pickle Challenge unleashes incredible creativity while giving people new tools and language to confront toxic emotional negativity in the workplace. See examples at The Pickle Challenge.

How to See the Lion in Your Mirror: Joe shares practical and proven strategies to fortify courage and determination, overcome negative self-talk and set aside emotional baggage, and become more self-empowered. Additional options include special prices on The PledgePower course for The Self Empowerment Pledge and quantity orders of Joe’s book Winning the War with Yourself Field Manual.

Blueprinting Your Invisible Architecture™: Half-day or full-day leadership retreat to create a Cultural Blueprint for your Invisible Architecture of core values, organizational culture, and workplace attitude. All participants receive a hardcopy of the Cultural Blueprinting Toolkit Workbook, the Culture Mapping Schematic Tool, and access to six one hour webinars on cultural blueprinting.

Culture Catalyst Event: This 3-day onsite event begins with a Culture Assessment Survey conducted by Values Coach. The first day is a full-day leadership program on cultural blueprinting and creating a culture of ownership. The second and third (and fourth for larger organizations) days feature a series of inspirational 90-minute presentations for all employees.

Featured Video

Speaker Topics

  • Leadership
  • Organizational Culture
  • Performance Improvement
  • Service Excellence
  • Workforce Issues

Speaker Type

  • Breakout Presenter
  • Keynote Presenter
  • Presentation Moderator