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Developing Talent for Organizational Results: Training Tools From the Best in the Field by Elaine Biech

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Chapter 39

Building Your Business Acumen®

ACUMEN LEARNING

In This Chapter

  • Importance of taking on personal responsibility for building business acumen for career development.
  • Seven steps an individual can take to build business understanding.

“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.”

—Ralph Waldo Emerson

When I first graduated college, I began my career in banking. I remember my enthusiasm and desire to excel in my first job, to set the organization on fire with the sheer brilliance of my performance.

Well, as it turned out, I created more smoke than fire. I quickly began to realize how little I had actually learned in school. I struggled even to keep up a stumbling pace with my associates ...

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