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Business Acumen: A C-Suite Necessity Premium Content

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Business acumen is the ability to link keen insights about and a thorough assessment of the business landscape with an awareness of how money is made and then executing a strategy that delivers results. Sounds complicated, right? Well, it is. But you can break it down into simpler terms. At its core, having business acumen means understanding how your business operates, competes against other organizations, and makes money. 

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  • Ryann K. Ellis

    Ryann K. Ellis is an editor for the Association of Talent Development (ATD). She has been covering workplace learning and performance for ATD (formerly the American Society for Training & Development) since 1995. She currently manages ATD's Community of Practice blogs, as well as ATD's government-focused magazine, The Public Manager. Contact her at 


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