What is Business Acumen? (Infographic)

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Business Acumen article originally published by, and permission to publish here provided by, Sam White at Argentus.

Business acumen!

It doesn’t really matter what industry, it’s the biggest thing that executives tell us they’re looking for when hiring at the sole contributor level and above. For many executives, it’s even more important than relevant experience.

“If the candidate has business acumen,” the thinking goes, “they’ll be an effective contributor to my team. I can teach the rest later.” Someone who has business acumen just “gets it.” They can figure out their place in a business and quickly learn how to provide value, even if they’ve never done a specific function before. 

The concept has taken on almost mystical overtones. 

But what is Business Acumen?

The response might be, “you know it when you see it,” but that isn’t exactly helpful for burgeoning professionals trying to figure out how to gain acumen and advance their careers.

At Argentus, we aim to demystify and clarify. So we made this infographic explaining what business acumen is, where it fits into Supply Chain and Procurement (our vertical), and how to go about learning it.

It’s not an exhaustive guide, but we hope it’s a good jumping off point for anyone looking to take their career to the next level. 

Check out the infographic below! 

So what do you think? Do you have acumen? Do you understand how important it is. If so, you need to take the time to develop those skills through your job choices and your day to day conduct.

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Be open to new opportunities. Even if it feels riskier it is often this risk which will present chances for you to develop outside of your comfort zone, and this will help instill greater acumen in your tool kit.

Originally published on Supply Chain Game Changer on February 13, 2019.
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