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What We Do

Sage Partners brings together highly experienced, thoughtful individuals who work as a community to help companies of all sizes master the challenge of generating opportunities and creating value through successful, strategic growth.

Focus on Growth

Our Complete Focus is on Growth

Sage Partners are seasoned professionals. We work shoulder-to-shoulder with entrepreneurs/founders, executives, and Directors to create value across the lifecycle of an organization. Valuable growth benefits all stakeholders: shareholders, employees, customers, and the community.

Sage is efficient and effective because we’ve sat on all sides of the table -- as leaders of our own businesses, as advisors to the C-Suite, and as Directors and advisors to Boards. We bring the right expertise at the right time, tapping into deep know-how and networks.

We specialize in business dimensions involved with growth. We are not trying to be the answer to all your business needs – growth and the creation of value are the touchstones of our work. While we work with our clients on many different kinds of issues, the underlying questions and concerns come back to opportunity, acceleration, and value creation.

The Quality of our Partners

Our partners are all highly experienced individuals with broad and deep business experience. We have built businesses, held leadership positions in major consulting firms, and taught in leading business schools. We continue to innovate and explore new ideas in management practice. This is the level of experience and knowledge needed to help American and European companies drive success in their markets. The bottom line is that "experience and wisdom" matter.

How We Work with Clients

Our approach to working with clients is interactive and high-touch. We immerse ourselves and work side by side with our clients to attack and solve the business challenges at hand. We know how to raise sensitive issues and discuss them. You won’t see junior staff. Clients have ready access to the experience and insights we bring to bear. Often, our role is to bring process expertise and help uncover relevant facts, issues, and opportunities. 

We have three Practice Areas that are focused on helping entrepreneurs in startup ventures, executives and boards with strategy and governance, and innovation leaders responsible for university IP.

We Thrive on Challenges

We have all chosen to be a part of Sage Partners because we truly love the work. We do it for the satisfaction of helping our clients grow. We live for the work, not just work to live. 

For more information, here are some Case Studies and a partial list of our Clients.

About Sage Partners

Founded in 2001, Sage Partners was designed from the outset to be an unusual firm for high-talent professionals whose work style is client-focused and team-oriented. The core strategic themes that guide our work are accelerating growth and increasing company value. In our careers as managers and as advisors to managers, we’ve learned the value of growing organizations. Growth delivers value for employees, who like to work where the opportunity for advancement exists; for customers, who receive high levels of service and much higher rates of new product introductions; for communities, where expanding enterprises generate jobs and revenues for enhanced services; and for investors, who receive sharply higher returns. Our commitment to our clients is to measure our success by the financial and competitive success our clients achieve.

We work in teams. We’ve learned that the best ideas come from collaboration, from the interaction of different experiences and points of view. Our teams include Sage Partners and the client itself. By working shoulder-to-shoulder with our clients, we improve the likelihood that our recommendations for action will be understood and embraced and lead to the desired impact.  Our style is not to generate volumes of documents but rather to bring ideas and initiatives into the fabric of the client’s processes and culture. We call this style “learning by doing” to distinguish it from the more common, ponderous style, which generates fees for the consultant rather than impact for the client.

 

We work with our clients on the Big Things they face. These can be purely strategic, such as a merger proposal or a new product development effort, or organizational, such as the innovation process or cultural issues that disrupt progress. With the breadth and depth of our capability, we can work on a wide range of big things for our clients. Further, we have strategic relationships with other organizations, so if we see a need for additional subject matter expertise or more specific process knowledge, we have trusted partners to whom we can turn.

Finally, our client mix, purposely, includes both younger, smaller organizations that need our assistance to reach the next level of scale and performance, as well as larger organizations that need to ratchet up their rate of value-creating growth. Working with both groups of clients gives us valuable perspectives to share. For example, from our younger clients, we bring hands-on experience in acting rapidly and being flexible; from our larger clients, we bring the value of effective processes that facilitate scale.

Our Core Values

  • We work as a community

  • We focus on Enhancing Value

  • We do Whatever It Takes

  • We Have Our Hands in the Clay, “We Do the Work”

  • We Challenge Conventional Thinking

  • We understand the balance of Risk vs. Opportunity

  • We value the Passion of Entrepreneurs

Sage Partners refers to either of our member firms and their related entities. Each of the member firms are legally separate and independent entities and provide their services independently. In the United States, Sage Partners refers to Sage Partners LLC, a Massachusetts Limited Liability Company. 

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