After understanding your mission, goals, and constraints, we tailor right-way/right-time communication and engagement to build and strengthen your base of allies. We build bridges of understanding and support. For operational issues, depending on the problem, we also structure a process to engage the right people in developing solutions to problems that impede your progress. As an independent party, we bring objective analysis, open minds, and effective processes to discover solutions.
And for organizations that already have a commitment to respecting and valuing stakeholders - or to find out how well you are doing - Sage Works offers a confidential online audit to assess what you're doing well and what you may want to improve.
We're passionate about the power of two-way communication and involvement, the power of people to be allies and problem solvers and contribute to your success. Our work furthers the B-Corps and Conscious Capitalism movements. It's compatible with the Global Reporting Initiative. Read our brief article in Conscious Company Magazine.
Stakeholder engagement “… is as important as other tangible assets and market conditions in terms of corporate success,” according to a Wharton School of Business study by Witold Henisz, the Deloitte & Touche Professor of Management.
Employee engagement “… there are at least six benefits of employee engagement including a 17% higher profitability."
Not only are there tangible benefits to healthy, sustainable relationships with internal and external stakeholders, CEOs are paying increasing attention to social responsibility and corporate citizenship (from a study by PwC reported in Strategy + Business, Summer 2018.)
Our solution is not rocket science - and an organization may think it is being authentic and socially responsible - but the best way to know is to delve into the nitty-gritty of everyday practices by taking the Sage Works Assessment.
Because people easily detect half-hearted and disingenuous communication and engagement, the Sage Strategy is authentic.
It's based on thee principles.
1) Treating all stakeholders as important
2) Acting with integrity in communication and engagement.
3) Engaging with impacted people in an honest and respectful way.
With these three principles as a foundation, we have developed an 11-point research-based framework to guide organizations in how best to talk and listen. We help you create, mend, and maintain productive relationships with your important stakeholders.
The Principles of Authentic Communication are the foundation on which Sage Works' groundrules for ethical and responsive communication are built.
The Principles of Authentic Communication were developed through extensive research and analysis by Bojinka Bishop, M.S., principal of Sage Works LLC.
Research Shows They Work
Research studies on both internal and external communication conducted at Ohio University and Northwestern University attest to the principles’ positive results. They are recommended by The Pacific Institute, AWWA Research Foundation, in a popular PR textbook, and are used in training by the International Association for Public Participation.
An article in Public Relations Research (by Brad Rawlins) states that the guidelines of the Global Reporting Initiative and the Governmental Accounting Standards Board are reflected in the Principles of Authentic Communication.
Articles on The Principles of Authentic Communication have been published in numerous professional and academic journals, including PRSA’s The Strategist, Corporate Communications, An International Journal, and JournalAWWA.
Be Without fear, Be Inclusive. Be Synergistic, Be Effective
Disenfranchised people can slow or stop projects, create social media campaigns against you, take their business to a competitor, or find other ways to derail your success.
Employees can call in sick, do sloppy work, complain about your organization in the community, and add to operational problems rather than help solve them