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Business Acumen for HR Professionals

Clarify what it means to have business acumen as an HR professional.

  • A shift in role has caused a gap in skills for HR’s business acumen.
  • HR is seen as a critical partner, but a lack of business acumen stifles their impact.
  • Having business acumen will help HR be seen as a strategic partner.

Our Advice

Critical Insight

There is a sweet spot between understanding the fundamentals, your stakeholders’ needs, and applying critical thinking to align and engage with the organization.

Impact and Result

  • HR is now equipped with the skills and tactics to continue their journey as a strategic business partner where they act as a catalyst for organizational goals and objectives.
  • Stakeholder expectations and relationships are top of mind and HR’s effectiveness will increase.
  • HR will make the shift from partner to anticipator by applying critical thinking.

Business Acumen for HR Professionals Research & Tools

About McLean & Company

McLean & Company is an HR research and advisory firm providing practical solutions to human resources challenges via executable research, tools, diagnostics, and advisory services that have a clear and measurable impact on your business.

What Is a Blueprint?

A blueprint is designed to be a roadmap, containing a methodology and the tools and templates you need to solve your HR problems.

Each blueprint can be accompanied by a Guided Implementation that provides you access to our world-class analysts to help you get through the project.

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Get the help you need in this 1-phase advisory process. You'll receive 1 touchpoints with our researchers, all included in your membership.

  • Call #1 - Train HR on the foundational knowledge required to align to organizational goals and engage with stakeholders.


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