American Management Association

Business Acumen Certificate Program

Available dates

Dec 9—11, 2019
3 days
Chicago, Illinois, United States
USD 3295
USD 1098 per day
Feb 10—12, 2020
3 days
New York, New York, United States
USD 3295
USD 1098 per day
Mar 9—11, 2020
3 days
Atlanta, Georgia, United States
USD 3295
USD 1098 per day
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About the course

Forge a path to greater success with vital foundational business skills.

A major milestone in every professional’s life is gaining a working knowledge of business acumen. It’s also a way to distinguish yourself and to gain the knowledge, trust and credibility you need for career advancement. In this fast-track 3-day program, you will learn key skills that are essential to developing business acumen, including a basic understanding of financial analysis, assessing data to confirm or predict underlying financial performance, and using this knowledge to drive your project management approach. Through unique activities, team exercises and a capstone project, you’ll gain a deeper, hands-on understanding of these functions and how they are interconnected so you’ll be ready to demonstrate them on the job.

In addition, you will earn a special certificate in recognition of your participation in this program.

How you will benefit

  • Develop a fundamental understanding of financial and data analysis
  • Explore project management basics and demonstrate business acumen in team projects
  • Confidently discuss the finances of a project, division or company—and ask the right questions
  • Devise and present solutions for increasing a company’s ROI, performing financial analysis and setting up a project plan
  • Create an individual action plan for applying key concepts on the job to help you get recognized for your sense of business acumen

What you will cover

  • Learning to assess and explain your organization’s performance potential using financial statements
  • Asking informed questions about the finances of a company, division, or project
  • Planning strategies and identifying resources for researching and analyzing data
  • Aligning the results of data analysis to business goals and presenting and explaining conclusions
  • Assessing the quality and completeness of basic project plans and monitoring processes
  • Effectively developing a charter, identifying stakeholders, and assessing risks
  • Applying techniques to schedule projects; estimate resources, cost and scope; distribute responsibilities; create status reports; and monitor processes
  • Assessing a company’s finances for performance and viability
  • Analyzing your company’s competitive position in the marketplace
  • Applying project management techniques to develop a project plan
  • Capstone—applying key concepts to a sample project and managing reports, assimilating feedback and presenting results
  • Developing an individual action plan for applying key concepts and strategies on the job

Who should attend

Individual contributors as well as high potentials who would benefit from a comprehensive and compact learning experience that enables them to demonstrate an understanding and facility with business acumen.

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