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We have a breakthrough model of consulting which large firms simply can’t match. Large consulting companies were founded 30+ years ago and built for a 20th century economy, not today’s knowledge economy. In a production economy it made sense to gather related expertise under one roof. In a knowledge economy it is far more efficient to have that expertise in many places, where it can be tapped into only when needed. Where do you find groundbreaking ideas? Over 70% of the contributors to Harvard Business Review hail from small, independent consulting firms. Fully half of these thought leaders are in solo consultancies. By contrast, only 18% of the contributors came from big name mega-consultancies. We find the best and the brightest, not the intelligent and conformist. Thanks to new technology, primarily the Internet, breakthrough thinkers in independent firms can be tapped just as easily as large firms. Consultants are the business version of iPhone apps.

The best ideas win out. You are no longer forced to turn to mega-consultants to access talent. It’s all right here at the Ascendant Consortium. A large company may have great thinking and process expertise at the top, but it has to migrate that thinking down through the organization and the process will necessarily be implemented with varying levels of proficiency. When you bring in one of our consultants, on the other hand, you are the person who knows the process inside and out, and who knows how to apply it. The team of super-smart, talented individuals a large firm would put on your project is not carefully selected to create the most value for you. Most of them are selected because the firm has extra capacity and needed to assign them to the next project that came up. Whoops, that’s yours! With the Ascendant Consortium we have no excess capacity to worry about. You get the best team and only the best team to meet your needs.



Find the Right

Finding breakthrough thinking, best-in-class processes and flawless execution is easier said than done. There are almost 500,000 consulting firms in the United States that want to provide their expert advice to you. We offer a world-class solution for finding excellent, pre-qualified, powerful consultants. In many cases, we have already found the perfect outside resource for your situation.


Command Higher Return on

Is it possible to double or even triple the risk-adjusted value of a project? Absolutely! We see it every day with a vast variety of projects for clients in every industry. You can expect a better outcome on internal projects and projects with outside experts, with more valuable results and lower risk.


Negotiate a Better Contract with

Guaranteed results, budget protection, unlimited access, rapid response. Those benefits and more can be hardwired into your contracts with consultants. We can help you develop a contract that inspires your consultant to deliver results beyond your expectations.


Executive & Team

Want your own team to be able to expertly find the right consultant, command higher return on expertise and negotiate better contracts? David A. Fields offers one-hour, half-day, one-day and three-day workshops that will equip your company with the skills to get great results every time you tackle an important initiative with an internal team or an outside expert.

Interested in any of the above services? Get in touch today

About Ascendant’s Clients

The typical client is a senior executive (division president, vice president, senior director) in a large company or the CEO of a mid-size company, who has concluded that outside expertise may be needed to accomplish key objectives. Once that determination is made, calling Ascendant is the best next step. Client companies span virtually every industry from salt to satellites, with a wide variety of offerings including consumer products, commercial chemicals, technology, and even consulting services. The functions that come to us are most frequently Sales, Marketing, Operations and Purchasing, though we have also been tapped by Legal, Human Resources, Finance, R&D, and most other areas common in large companies.

Partial Client List

Abbott Laboratories

Black and Decker


Borden Foods

Canadian Tire

Church & Dwight


Dean Foods

Domino’s Pizza

Management Recruiters


Fruit of the Loom

Glaxo SmithKline

Gojo Industries


International Paper


Land O’ Lakes

International Home Foods




Monsanto Life Sciences


Schering-Plough HCP

Symbol Technologies




O.C. Tanner

You are likely to be successful with Ascendant if…


You are focused on getting a great outcome and an extraordinary return on investment. If you’re looking for someone who can just beat up a consultant to get the lowest fees, Ascendant is not for you.


You know that phenomenal results take effort on both sides of the table. Want to know what a key ingredient in successful projects with consultants is? Being a great client. If you’ll work hand in hand with us, we’ll help you become an outstanding client and command extraordinary returns.


You are open to new ideas and creative approaches. Hum-drum, run-of-the-mill coaches and consultants are a dime a dozen. Breakthrough ideas are harder to find and often come from unusual sources.

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