About Joel

About Joel


Joel is a successful educator, author, speaker and entrepreneur who passionately believes leadership is earned, excellence trumps mediocrity, that the currency of toil must be paid to be successful, and when you do the right thing good things happen. Joel is known for his wit, wisdom and exercising a full house of common sense. His books, Out of the Ashes the Resurrection of an Addict /Stop Whining and Start Winning: The Power of Life’s Choices / A Leader's Tenets for Creating a Mindset and Culture of Excellence and Ethical Conduct | Seven Leadership Tenets for Creating a Mindset and Culture of Educational Excellence and Ethical Conduct / A Collection of Essays on Leading a Happy, Peaceful and Purposeful Life/ Five Step Drive to Thrive in a Changing World have been described as life changing. Joel earned his Ed.S. and M.Ed. degrees in educational administration from the University of Nebraska. His firm, Christiansen Academy, is recognized for their expertise in leadership, excellence, ethics and creating success.  He has served on numerous local, state and national boards, assisted the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Athletic Department in developing their Life Skills Program, taught undergraduate and graduate non-traditional students at Doane College-Lincoln for 25 years, and currently teaches Business Ethics and Leadership and Organizational Development for MBA students at Concordia University-Lincoln Campus. Joel has also been recognized as an Outstanding Young Man in America, Outstanding Educator in America and Professor of the Year at Doane College-Lincoln.

Belief Statement

Christiansen Academy is firmly committed to the belief that every transformation begins in the present, and if you don’t like where you are in the now of your life you have the power to change course.

Value Statement

  • Truth and trust build enduring relationships
  • Harmony and happiness create prosperity
  • Excellence and success happen on purpose and they never take a sabbatical



Christiansen Academy strives to be the leading change agent for leadership, excellence and ethical conduct.


"Doing right is right."

Joel kept our business from failing.
— Tom Moore, General Managing Partner, Ideal Grocery