Hard Skills


Develop a high-level, high-performance plan for your business.

Intended for those leading a team, interested in team development, desiring to lead cultural change, or planning a new business.  Become a magnet for top talent, align your staff, and move towards common goals for a competitive edge with this team development training. By the end of this course, participants will appreciate the connection between culture and reputation, outcomes and competition, and connect the dots between the leader and the dominant business culture. Participants will also understand the “building clock” and connections between touch points for the organization’s high-performance culture. Once completed, participants should be able to develop a high-level, high-performance plan for their business or business unit.


This course is offered in a face to face classroom style, facilitated.

It can be offered as:
1. Stand alone program – 24 hours (3 days) @ $3,400 pp
2. Combined with two other leadership courses as part of a 3 day leadership course. 12 hours, $1000 per participant.
3. A module in one of the Leadership Academy Programs. 4 – 6 hours of condensed training


1. The nature and desirable nature of a High Performance Team.
2. The source and context of a High Performance Team.
3. Understand the importance of leadership capacity and resilience.
4. Know how to develop context and expectations for the stages of team development.
5. Know how to hold the team accountable and get out of their way at the same time.
6. Know how stay a couple of steps ahead of your team.


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Do you know that government grants for small business training are available?

Develop a strong skillset in planning and making things happen with Team Development Training.

This course will benefit your leadership capacity and business by developing a practical approach to moving from big picture planning to implementation, and creating common language for strategy discussions with clients and team.

Participants will also discover ways to give the organization an edge in the market, without the need of an outside consulting firm, and how to effectively identify organizational objectives. The framework covers three key areas of comprehensive strategy: big picture strategic questions, priorities, and execution.


This course is offered in a face to face classroom style, facilitated.
It can be offered in combination with:

  1. Combined with Communicating Clearly and Powerfully – 24 hours (3 days) @ $3400 pp
  2. Combined with two other leadership courses as part of a 3 day leadership course. 12 Hours, $1,000 per participant.
  3. A module in one of the Leadership Academy Programs. 4 – 6 hours of condensed training.

• Develop in an inspirational strategic foundation.
• Develop a strategy map, an aligned framework of goals.
• Develop clear goals and meaningful KPI’s.
• Put the Plan into action.


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What our clients say

I received leadership coaching by Mardere Birkill at Sage and Summit Consulting. Mardere is very professional, yet, has a way of making one feel at home. Upon completion of my session, I had learnt ways and strategies to improve my performance at work and reach my goals to become the best I can be within my career. I left feeling empowered and ready to put what I learnt into action. I Highly recommend Sage and Summit.

Tamlyn Sacrey

I had the privilege of working with Marderé at a conference in Sarasota Florida. I utilized her as an executive coach to further explore the development of a coaching niche. Her coaching was impeccable, and I was able to find a viable opportunity I had not explored. Moreover, she was able to insure I held myself accountable for the steps that I needed to take to launch my new product. It was a wonderful experience for me and will without a doubt improve my business. I highly recommend Mardere as a coach and vouch for her skills and experience.


Dr. Michael D. Ikona

It is an absolute delight to work with Marderé. As a coach and advisor to leaders, she brings an incredible range of skills, methods, and tools. She has a robust toolkit to help organizations improve performance and results at all levels. In addition, she is extremely insightful, helping leaders think about problems in new ways and find better solutions than they would working within their organizations or on their own. She is diplomatic in her approach, which allows her to work in complex organizations, including those with lots of politics in play. Her style is also engaging, enthusiastic, and positive. On a side note, she is an excellent public speaker should your organization have needs in addition to coaching, consulting, and facilitation. I have had the opportunity to observe Mardere in a variety of challenging coaching situations and she has gotten results with many different types of leaders and managers, working through a variety of urgent and important leadership challenges. I can't recommend her highly enough.


Andrew Neitlich
Founder and Director / Leading executive, leadership, and business coach training organization

Mardere's leadership coaching skills are exemplary. Her positive energy, approachable demeanor, seemingly endless creativity and intellectual horsepower have made it possible for me to move new levels quickly and effectively. Mardere's coaching is decidedly client-focused which creates an independent growth capability void of reliance on the coach; an important factor for me. Recommending Mardere is an easy choice.

Evan Hendry

Your presentation today was excellent and informative. Look forward to more future meetings.



Thanks to Marderé Birkill for a wonderfully thoughtful and inspiring presentation to Smoky Lake entrepreneurs and supporters.

Cathy Goulety

I had my first meeting with them (Sage & Summit) on Wednesday. Absolutely amazing! I got so much out of one meeting and had my expectations exceeded that I can't wait to go back. Very professional and extremely helpful. I asked a few of their clients before I went as a background check and they all said the same thing I am. Highly recommended.


I have had the pleasure of working with Marderé Birkill, the owner of Sage and Summit for quite some time now. I am receiving personal coaching from her and have also recommended a number of clients over to her program. During this time, Mardere has been very professional. She has helped me in more ways than I can count. Feedback from other Business owners has been the same. She listens and helps you to really understand what you need in order to take your business to the next level. She holds you accountable which for me is important. Her level of integrity is something you don't find often anymore.  I highly recommend her to anyone who is wanting personal or professional growth.

Bianca Cooper

In observing Mardere’s coaching style it was both intuitive and smart. I found her engaging, insightful to work with and her leadership style draws you in and keeps you on point. She is an outstanding coach and consultant. Mardere’ would be an asset for any organization or individual looking to “up their game!” I highly recommend her.

Liz Benson

If you are looking for a public speaker to engage your company with real life guidance for success and growth look no further than Marderé Birkill at Sage & Summit Consulting.


Wayne Ward, Wave Mason Media Inc.

I benefited greatly from hiring Marderé, who helped strengthen my focus by helping me create a clearer plan for my 23-year-old business. As well, I feel like I have a reliable business coach that I can return to at any time for further help and questions. I would highly recommend Sage & Summit and I would say in working with Marderé that I found a knowledgeable professional with an impressive sense of understanding and purpose.


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