Building Business Acumen®

Business acumen won’t automatically make you, or anyone else, a great business leader; but without it you will never become one.

Business Acumen Training

It's like getting an MBA in your company

The job of developing business leaders is never really finished. If business acumen isn’t part of the curriculum, the job never really got started – organizations that build their training initiatives on top of a business-savvy culture have an invaluable edge.

So whether you need to get your initiative started, or have already started but need better results – Acumen Learning is capable of teaching any professional, from any industry, about the business of their business. And we do it in a way that is both clear enough to reach the individual contributor and sophisticated enough to challenge the experienced executive.

In a nutshell, our business acumen training is like getting an MBA in your company. 

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Business Acumen Training


Every course we teach is customized – because every business acumen course should be about getting to the core of your business challenges and developing employees who can uncover and create opportunities, prioritize performance metrics, think creatively about solutions, and make faster decisions that drive measurable results for your business.

We’ll take your people way beyond mere financial literacy – we’ll help them connect their jobs to corporate strategy, now and in the future.

Really, We Should Talk

Customization Model

Business Acumen Training


Instead of spending valuable time teaching people how to play a board game or run a computer simulation, we spend every second teaching your people substantive things – a deeper understanding of how their company makes money and the skills needed to play a more meaningful role in that money-making process throughout their careers.

A boring lecture that goes over most people’s heads won’t cut it, either. What does work is our blended approach of Socratic discussion, intuitive models, and hands-on activities that make business and finance interesting, relevant, immediately actionable, and, dare we say, fun.

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Participant Feedback

“I’ve been a learning professional for 20 years and this is the best training I’ve experienced in that time.”


“Probably the best and most career appropriate course I have taken in the past 15 years. My team needs to attend a future course.”


Business Acumen Training


Our success is about more than what we do. It’s about what drives us to do it.

To us, business acumen isn’t just about financial statements, it’s about taking action and taking responsibility for your career. It’s about moving great ideas forward. The kind of ideas that make a difference in the world and drive profitable growth. The kind of growth that fuels newer and bigger ideas. The kind of bold ideas that attract and retain the best and brightest talent. The kind of talent you’re going to need to fulfill your company’s purpose.

Yeah, we’ve taken business acumen way beyond mere financial literacy.

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Purpose Beyond Profits

“Just as people cannot live without eating, so a business cannot live without profits. But most people don’t live to eat, and neither must businesses live just to make profits.”

-John Mackey, CEO, WholeFoods

Our Bestseller


Seeing the Big Picture® captures the basic principles of our training. It simplifies the complexities of business and shows you how a deep understanding of your company can help build the credibility and career you want.

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Our Work

Whether your objective is to grow talent, achieve measurable results (the kind that show up in the financials), instigate organizational change, or align employees — we have a proven track record that includes work at 18 of the Fortune 50.

But enough about us. Who are you?

My company needs business acumen training

We're ready! Let's add some business rigor to your learning and development strategy.
(Which has done wonders for people's careers.)

Here are some links to get your research going, and when it makes sense: Let's talk

My salespeople need business acumen training

Very smart! Too often companies emphasize soft skills that focus on how to talk to customers – but neglect the harder skills like business acumen… which tells you when to talk to customers, why to talk to customers, and what to talk to customers about. 

Learn more about transforming your sales team: Business IQ® for Sales Professionals

I need business acumen training

Click here to learn more about our online course, or call us at 877-224-5444 to learn more about company sponsored training.  

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