Business Acumen


Business Acumen is all about seeing the big picture and recognizing that all decisions no matter how small can have an effect on the bottom line. It’s about being savvy commercially and financially and seeing an end to end opportunity and equation. Not all business or sales are profitable and thinking on your feet is as much an art as a skill. Our Business Acumen course will give you the financial literacy and business sense you need and an advantage others wished they had. It will help you recognise opportunities and learning events, manage risk better and increase your critical thinking. This course has the ability to influence your whole organisation and give you that extra edge.

Study our course in the way you want. In small units or in one. Synchronise your learning between any device and remember and track your progress. Study and answer questions at your convenience and at the end of the course, if you answer more than 80% of the questions correctly, qualify for a certificate of achievement. You can even log your CPD hours.

In all our business courses, you get access to around six hours of e-learning that you can watch, listen and read. There are usually 100 questions and at the end of the course you will receive a certificate of completion that you can use against any personal or professional development requirements. As well as the course, you also receive a FREE e-book that you can read on your Kindle or other e-reader. You also get a FREE audiobook of the course so you can listen to the whole course uninterrupted on your device.



Part one: Getting started

  • Welcome
  • Course Objectives
  • How it works

Part two: Seeing the big picture

  • Short and long term interactions
  • Recognize growth opportunities
  • Mindfulness of decisions
  • Everything is related
  • Case Study
  • Review questions

Part Three: KPI’s

  • Decisiveness
  • Flexible
  • Strong initiative
  • Intuitive
  • Case study
  • Review questions

Part Four: Risk management strategies

  • Continuous assessment
  • Internal and external factors
  • Making adjustments and corrections
  • Knowing when to pull the trigger or plug
  • Case study
  • Review questions

Part Five: Recognising learning events

  • Develop a sense of always learning
  • Evaluate past decisions
  • Problems are learning opportunities
  • Recognize your blind spots
  • Case study
  • Review questions

Part Six: You need to know these answers and more

  • What makes my company money?
  • What were sales last year?
  • What is our profit margin?
  • What were our costs?
  • Case study
  • Review questions

Part Seven: Financial Literacy

  • Assets
  • Financial ratios
  • Liabilities
  • Equity
  • Case study
  • Review questions

Part Eight: Financial Literacy 2

  • Income statement
  • Balance sheet
  • Cash flow statement
  • Read, read, and read
  • Case study
  • Review questions

Part Nine: Business acumen in management

  • Talent management
  • Change management
  • Asset management
  • Organizational management
  • Case study
  • Review questions

Part Ten: Critical thinking in business

  • Ask the right questions
  • Organize the data
  • Evaluate the information
  • Make the decision
  • Case study
  • Review questions

Part Eleven: Key financial levers

  • Investing in people
  • Effective communication
  • Process improvement
  • Goal alignment
  • Case study
  • Review questions

Module Twelve: Closing Thoughts

  • Words from the wise
  • Recap
  • Your scores
  • Further reading
Topics Covered

Topics Covered

Throughout the course you will develop key skills as you cover the following topics

  • Developing your financial literacy
  • Recognising growth opportunities
  • Critical thinking in business
  • Key financial levers
  • business acumen in management

Risk management strategies

Recognising and developing learning events

What You'll Learn

What You'll Learn

By the end of this course you will have

  • Improved critical thinking skills
  • Key financial competencies that are relevant to developing smart business
  • A confidence to think through any deal that comes your way
Who its for

Who its for

Anyone who wants to develop their business and commercial skills and critical thinking.

Prior knowledge

Understanding of basic sales, commercial negotiations and business development would be helpful but not essential. As you develop your career, there will be a constant requirement to not only refresh and update existing technical learning but also to develop new skills and ways of thinking and behaving.

Technical Skills

Whether you’re in production, distribution, sales, finance, human resources or management your technical skills will always need to keep up with the latest developments in technology and change. The learning for this will generally come from your peers, industry trends and specialised training.

New skills

However, as you move up in seniority through an organisation or become and entrepreneur, you will be faced with learning a much wider array of skills. You will need to learn how to be a generalist but with the ability to look at the whole of a business and how it all interlocks.

People Skills

Most importantly, you will need to master your own behaviours and character and emotional intelligence in order to influence, inspire and bring people along with your vision.

Your career, personal and professional development should never stop, whether you are learning because of a company or professional body requirement or whether you are just wanting to grow.


We have many more courses for you, your business or organisation. Get in touch about how to get our courses available to your organisation or fellow learners at [email protected]

For Businesses

For Businesses

Are you looking for a comprehensive learning solution for you and your teams? We have a portfolio of over 150 business short courses that are available online and on-demand. These ready to go courses cover all key areas of a business from finance & operations, sales & marketing, human resources to administration and management. As well as hard skills that range from elementary to advanced, there is an array of people and soft skill development.

Our e-learning is comprehensive, up to date and produced by a high quality learning and editorial team. It combines the latest in business thinking with the latest in learning technology. Learning can be delivered wholly online through self-study, with virtual tutor support or in a group & classroom environment by our qualified trainers.

  • All online learning is tracked and courses can be used as part of a personal development plan for staff
  • Learners can study out of hours or in breaks with bite-size learning
  • Get back end management reports on learner progress
  • Cost efficiently solve any compliance, insurance, regulatory, union or staff association requirements
  • Save on staff training and CPD costs
  • Choose and pay for only the courses you need or look at our library models for even greater value
  • No lock-in contracts – pay monthly or get a handsome discount for annual and multi-year deals
  • No big installations necessary – a simple web browser is all you need to get started
  • New courses being added all the time

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