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What is business acumen?

In short, employees who practice and perfect their business acumen make financially smart business decisions that align with executive priorities. And that's why some of the most respected and profitable companies in the world have made business acumen training the foundation of their employee development programs.

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Business Acumen Articles, Information, and Opinions

Business Acumen Definition

Business acumen is financial literacy and then some.

Business acumen is a concept pertaining to a person’s knowledge and ability to make profitable business decisions.

Seeing the Big Picture

Seeing the Big Picture

Business Acumen to Build Your Credibility, Career, and Company.

The most successful business leaders are savvy businesspeople 1st

An MBA in under 180 pages, Seeing the Big Picture simplifies the complexities of businesses large and small and shows you how a deep understanding of your company can help build the credibility and career you want. And it can make your work more fulfilling and purpose-driven by highlighting how you influence the success of your team, department, or organization.

All companies are driven to success or failure by the same five simple drivers: cash, profit, assets, growth, and people. Kevin Cope will help you appreciate how your day-to-day decisions can balance these drivers and contribute to the big picture of your organization’s success. You’ll discover the acumen you need to bring real value and passion to your work.

Whether you’re on the manufacturing floor or sitting in the corner office, you can learn how to follow the drivers through to measurable results— conquering your fear of numbers. Using Kevin’s simple explanations of the most important metrics presented in the income statement, the balance sheet, and the statement of cash flows, you’ll be able to quickly review financial reports for signs of success or impending doom.

Convincingly communicate your ideas to leaders, improve your team’s performance, even launch a successful business of your own. no matter your goal, give yourself the foundational knowledge every businessperson needs, and discover new strategies for proving your value.

The Business Acumen Gap

The Business Acumen Gap

Securing your seat at the influence table

About Kevin Cope


Kevin Cope is not only a successful executive, he is also a trusted resource and confidant to business leaders from around the world, a sought-after keynote speaker, and the author of the national best selling book Seeing the Big Picture. For over twenty-five years, Kevin has promoted the idea that the brightest minds in business understand the essence of how a company makes money, and they use this knowledge to drive their decisions. These people have been described as having business acumen, and you’ll find them everywhere from the factory floor to the corner office.

Recognizing that business acumen is about seeing the big picture and not just about financial literacy, Kevin founded Acumen Learning in 2002, a training company that has gone on to teach Kevin’s 5 Drivers business model to some of the world’s most respected and successful companies. Kevin’s specialty is teaching employees and leaders how to speak the language of business as fluently as they speak the language of their department or function. Kevin believes that businesspeople who exercise their business acumen execute better, smarter, and faster business decisions that drive sustainable and profitable growth.

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Business Acumen - An Element of Trust

Business Acumen - An Element of Trust

Character & Competence

About Stephen Covey

Stephen M. R. Covey is a sought-after and compelling keynote speaker and advisor on trust, leadership, ethics, and high performance. Stephen is the author of The SPEED of Trust, a groundbreaking and paradigm-shifting book that challenges our age-old assumption that trust is merely a soft, social virtue.

Stephen is co-founder of Acumen Learning and the CEO of CoveyLink Worldwide. He also currently serves on the board/advisory board of several entities, including the Human Performance Institute —the leader in energy management technology— where he serves as Advisory Board Chairman.