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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.

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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