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Culture is the foundation of intrinsic beliefs that bind and inspire the behaviors of people and communities to pursue a mission and vision with unity and purpose.”

-Dr. Daniel K. Zismer, Ph.D and Ben Utecht, Super Bowl XLI Champion

Who We Are & What We Do

Keystone believes culture is the key to a successful organization, and it starts with having the right champions to lead you to the finish line. Dr. Daniel K. Zismer is a 30-year veteran in healthcare leadership with a passion for patient care excellence. Ben Utecht is a former NFL player and Super Bowl champion dedicated to accountable commitment to meeting the needs for long-term success.  While they come from very different fields, together they’ve discovered that all successful organizations have at least one thing in common: a championship culture.

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  • 4-hour session with Super Bowl champion Ben Utecht and Dr. Daniel K. Zismer
  • Take culture onto the “field of play” in your organization
  • Discover an elite framework for culture transformation using a unique “crosswalk” between championship professional sports teams and high-performing teams in organizations
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  • Ten-module video practicum that breaks down culture in organizations into practical lessons for leaders

Modules 1-9 consist of 2 parts:

  • Part 1 is a topic-specific lecture on culture in organizations delivered by Dr. Daniel K. Zismer
  • Part 2 is a “field of play” interview with Super Bowl champion Ben Utecht in which the lessons of the lecture are translated to performance in the world of professional sports played at the highest levels.
  • Module 10 brings Dan and Ben together to coach you on the seven behaviors that are integral to creating championship culture, the pillars of The Keystone Way
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What We Believe

Culture Can Be:

Decided

Leaders choose the culture of their organizations by intent or default. The decision of culture is the Keystone of the humanity of an organization. It is that humanity that determines the success of an organization.

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Designed

The journey of culture begins with a plan. That plan is built upon two basic understandings of leadership; 1] the expectations that people hold for the culture of their organization are intrinsic; they go to the basic needs of the human condition and 2] the people of the organization will need to see, touch and feel the results of culture intrinsically; success with culture must minister to the whole of the needs of the people who are the organization. The design begins with an evaluation of the current state; the opportunity for the people of the organization to revel the true culture to the leaders.

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Deployed

The culture becomes real with the actions of deployment. The basics of deployment include; 1] the leaders’ declarations of the foundations of culture; “what culture means to us here”, provided in the form of a written compact with the people of the organization, 2] the leaders’ declarations of the aspirations of culture for the organization; the meeting of the intrinsic needs of the people, 3] the leaders’ commitments to how they will serve the promise of the culture compact and 4] the expectations for how the fulfillment of the goals of the culture will serve the mission of the organization. Effective deployment does not come “from the top”. It it is the work of the leaders closest to the people; typically a committed middle management team inspired and prepared to roll-up their sleeves and integrate the work of culture as their foundation for leadership.

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Directed

Direction of the ongoing plan of culture development and performance is the work of senior leaders; the ongoing work of continuous evaluation of the performance of culture and it’s connection to the mission and mission performance of the organization. Senior leadership is the nexus between culture performance and governance of the organization. Governance holds the final accountability for the state of the culture of the organization and, in turn, holds senior leaders accountable for effectiveness of execution on the plan.

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Trusted By:

A selection of clients that have put their trust in either Dr. Daniel Zismer or Ben Utecht

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