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New STTI book helps leaders build infrastructure for a healthy work environment

Authors Tye and Dent provide model, solutions for improving organizational culture

INDIANAPOLIS — Employee engagement and retention can be an illusive concept to many organizational leaders, yet it is key in running a successful organization. According to Joe Tye, MHA, MBA, and Bob Dent, DNP, MBA, RN, NEA-BC, CENP, FACHE, understanding the importance of accountability for employees and encouraging them to take ownership of their disciplines is imperative in running a successful organization of any kind.

Tye and Dent’s new book, Building a Culture of Ownership in Healthcare: The Invisible Architecture of Core Values, Attitude, and Self-Empowerment. published by the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI), takes readers on a journey from accountability to ownership, providing a proven model along with strategies and practical solutions to help improve organizational culture in the healthcare setting.

Using construction as a metaphor, the authors make a compelling case that an organization’s invisible architecture — a foundation of core values, a superstructure of organizational culture, and the interior finish of workplace attitude — is no less important than its visible architecture. They assert that culture will not change unless people change, and people will not change unless they are inspired to do so and given the right tools.

Although initially written for a healthcare audience, Tye and Dent offer unique insight through their invisible architecture theory, making Building a Culture of Ownership in Healthcare an important read for leaders in all industries. Nurse leaders and business managers alike may benefit in learning how investing in your organization and your people can enable a significant, successful change in productivity; employee engagement, satisfaction, recruitment, and retention; quality of work; client satisfaction; and financial outcomes.

The book is available at

About the authors
Joe Tye, MHA, MBA, is Chief Executive Officer and Head Coach of Values Coach Inc., a company he founded in 1994 following a career in healthcare administration that included stints as Chief Operating Officer of two large community teaching hospitals. He has written 12 books on values-based life, leadership skills, and strategies to create competitive advantage by fostering a culture of ownership.

Bob Dent, DNP, MBA, RN, NEA-BC, CENP, FACHE, is Sr. Vice President, Chief Operating Officer, and Chief Nursing Officer at Midland Memorial Hospital. He maintains academic appointments with Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Nursing and University of Texas of the Permian Basin. Dent is President-elect of the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE).

Building a Culture of Ownership in Healthcare: The Invisible Architecture of Core Values, Attitude, and Self-Empowerment
Joe Tye, MHA, MBS and Bob Dent, DNP, MBA, RN, NEA-bC, CENP, FACHE
Published by STTI, 2017
ISBN-13: 9781945157172
EPUB ISBN: 9781945157189
PDF ISBN: 9781945157196
MOBI ISBN: 9781945157202
Price: US $44.95
Trade paperback, 302 pages
Trim size: 6 x 9

About STTI

The Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is advancing world health and celebrating nursing excellence in scholarship, leadership, and service. Founded in 1922, STTI has more than 135,000 active members in more than 85 countries. Members include practicing nurses, instructors, researchers, policymakers, entrepreneurs, and others. STTI’s roughly 500 chapters are located at approximately 695 institutions of higher education throughout Armenia, Australia, Botswana, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, England, Ghana, Hong Kong, Japan, Kenya, Lebanon, Malawi, Mexico, the Netherlands, Pakistan, Portugal, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Swaziland, Sweden, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, the United States, and Wales. More information about STTI can be found online at


STTI’s International Leadership Institute offers leadership programs, mentoring opportunities, and career development resources designed to enhance leadership skills, individual abilities, and talents. The STTI International Leadership Institute administers academies and mentoring programs in maternal-child health, board leadership, gerontologic nursing leadership, leadership development, and nurse faculty leadership.


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