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Business Acumen Self-Assessment


All business people rely on business acumen skills to be successful. This assessment will rate you on those dimensions of business acumen.  As soon as you're done you'll receive a report that shows your overall score, how you compare to the worldwide average, and tips for how to develop your business acumen. These characteristics are also discussed more deeply in The Business Acumen Handbook by Steven Haines.

Your responses are confidential and results will not be shared with anyone.  Please consider this an important tool to help you craft your professional development strategy.

Before starting, please be attuned to the rating scale:
1. Limited = Only limited opportunities to use the skill.
2. Intermittent= You have used the skill intermittently and are developing familiarity.
3. Frequent = You frequently use the skill but sometimes need some guidance from your manager.
4. Consistent = You effectively use the skill and will often coach others.

NOTE: if you have questions or comments, please send them to

If you'd like to fine-tune your business acumen, you may want to take the online self-paced course called "Building Business Acumen." You can review the first couple of modules at no cost, and then, if you like it, you'll receive a discount off of the course fee.  If you feel there's applicability for others in your company, reach out to me, Steven Haines, and let me know how I can help. To view the course, go to: