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Something Is Wrong, But You Just Can’t Put Your Finger On it!

Organization Stuck?
Feel Overwhelmed?
Need New Energy?    
Time For Change?
Do you every catch yourself wondering if your team truly understand your vision?  There is a strong correlation between a company’s financial performance and goal clarity.

… In high-performing companies with “clearly articulated public strategies,” only 29% of their employees can correctly identify their company’s strategy out of six choices.   ~When CEOs Talk Strategy, 70% Of The Company Doesn’t Get It ~ John Kotter in Forbes 


We uncover and get to the root cause of your organization’s frustration with an incisive methodology that will facilitate a customize and sustainable solutions with full implementation and post-implementation support.  Our Organizational Solutions include:

Our solutions are not canned.  You determine your outcomes, we facilitate your success.  The pathway and content is customized to your unique challenges and desired outcomes.
Learn How You Can
SURVIVE the Lean Times,
CAPITALIZE on opportunities,
THRIVE in all markets

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With an incisive methodology, we will uncover the root cause of your frustration and co-create a solutions to rapid and sustainable improvement.  Your challenges are unique as are your solutions. We do not bring a canned solution or a pack of bandaids. Improving your business performance, is our business, and every solution is unique. All solutions are followed through to full implementation and supported beyond to iron out post-implementation wrinkles and challenges. We are focused on your team adopting behaviors and practices that will drive your desired change.

The scope of the solutions and improvement opportunities may include:


Vision / Goal Clarity & Alignment

How connected is you Organizational Purpose (what you do and why you do it) to your Business Strategy, Organizational Capability, Resources and Systems?  Your Organization is only as strong as its weakest link.

Strengthening Strategy

A Sustainable Growth Plan is the ability to Maintain a Sustainable Growth Plan this is Lean, Agile, and Ahead of Market Changes

Putting Strategy Into Action

Enable effective processes and organizational capabilities to be put in place, supported by Effective Management Systems that will allow you to put Strategy Into Action.

Organizational Design

Helping you structure your Organization is such a way that is is able to support your Strategy & Goals, Promote Alignment, and Give You A Strategic Edge In The Market.

Positive Culture, Innovation

Positive Leadership Practices


Clarity of Vision & Goals

The Ability to Maintain a Sustainable Growth Plan this is Lean, Agile, and Ahead of Market Changes

Placement of a Strong Strategy with Action


Alignment of your Structures & Processes

Strategic Placement in the Market to Give You an Edge


High Performance Culture with Innovation

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Profile Sales Assessment
Evaluate Sales People & Improve Sales Performance.  The Sales CheckPoint™ measures 7 Universal Sales Competencies:

  1.  Entrepreneurial approach
  2. Understands the prospect
  3. Develops appropriate solutions
  4. Prospects proactively
  5. Manages selling process
  6. Closes the sale
  7. Manages sales relationships

See how Profiles Sales CheckPoint™ works firsthand when you request a demo. It’s easy to get started with a free trial and free consultation. There’s no obligation, no upfront cost, and it’s 100% risk free.

ProfileXT Team Report
Create a Team Building Culture in Your Organization With The ProfileXT® Team Report:

  1. Map out your team’s characteristics scale by scale, providing you with the data you need to capitalize on both their similarities and their differences.
  2. Act as comprehensive guidance for coaching your team to reach its maximum potential.
  3. Show you the path to maximize your working relationship with each member of your group, as individuals and as a cohesive unit.

Successful team development is essential to the growth and progress of your business.  Download a Sample ProfileXT Team Report Brochure to see how easy it is to get started. There’s no obligation, no upfront cost, and it’s 100% risk free.

Workplace Engagement Survey Brochure
Our Workplace Engagement Survey™ (WES) measures the degree to which your employees connect with their work and feel committed to the organization and its goals. This gives you and your management teams a detailed view of what influences engagement across all of your workforce segments, and how your employees compare statistically to the overall working population.

In addition, the WES measures “satisfaction with employer” and “satisfaction with manager” across your entire organization, and gives recommendations for your organization to improve.

Of all the functions a manager performs, employee motivation is one of the most difficult. Igniting a spark of motivation in your workforce starts with figuring out how to appeal to each employee’s unique needs and desires.

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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