Hiring Talented Business Acumen and Business Acu-women
Okay, so it was a catchy title—there is really no gender difference
when it comes to business acumen. But wait, what exactly do we mean by
business acumen, and how do we know it when we see it?
When trying to determine if an individual (male or female) possesses
business acumen here are four key questions to ask:
- To what extent do they have clear and supportable insights about where the market is now and where it is going?
- How clear are they about the organization’s true capabilities to deliver value to the customer (i.e. knock the customer’s socks off for a price that they can’t believe)
- Do they possess financial savvy and can they integrate data effectively allowing identification of key issues, trends, and opportunities
- Can this person “pull it all together” when they are under stress to make the right strategic and tactical business decisions