Meet Joe Tye

Joe Tye is the leading authority on values-based and leadership skills and strategies, and on building a culture of ownership on a foundation of values in organizations.


Joe Tye is CEO and Head Coach of Values Coach, which provides consulting, training and coaching on values-based leadership and cultural transformation. Joe earned a master’s degree in hospital administration from the University of Iowa and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He is the author or coauthor of fifteen books including his newest release Building a Culture of Ownership in Healthcare (with Bob Dent). His book The Florence Prescription: from Accountability to Ownership has more than 500,000 copies in print. Prior to founding Values Coach in 1994, he was chief operating officer for a large community teaching hospital. On the volunteer front, Joe was founding president of the Association of Air Medical Services and a leading activist fighting against unethical marketing practices of the tobacco industry’s white collar drug pushers. Joe and his wife Sally have two adult children and they live on a small farmstead in Iowa.

Professional Speaker | Business Keynote Speaker

Joe is a powerful and effective speaker on the topics of values, leadership, building a culture of ownership, and personal motivation. He is a passionate and dynamic presenter who shares real-world strategies for personal, professional, and leadership success.

Customized for general sessions, breakout sessions or full-day programs to match the theme and outcome of your event, Joe’s most requested topics include:

  • The Florence Prescription: From a Culture of Accountability to a Culture of Ownership
  • All Hands on Deck: Building a Culture of Ownership on a Foundation of Values
  • How to See the Lion in Your Mirror
  • Blueprinting Your Invisible Architecture
  • Stay Ahead of the Coming Talent Crunch

Find out how Joe Tye can help make your next event a success.


Author | Thought and Action Leader

Joe is the author or co-author of twelve books. His newest book is Building a Culture of Ownership in Healthcare. He is also a frequent writer of Healthcare journals such as Trustee magazine and H&HN Daily

Joe also created a 60-module course on The Twelve Core Action Values™  which has been acclaimed as “graduate school for life” – from Authenticity through Leadership, these values reflect the type of person we all aspire to be, and the type of organization in which we all aspire to work.  Since 2011, Joe Tye and Values Coach Inc has partnered with healthcare organizations to promote The Values Collaborative, which has trained and certified more than 500 Certified Values Coach Trainers (CVC-T) who return to their organizations and teach the course on The Twelve Core Action Values within their organizations and their communities.