Empathetic Listening through the Ear of Business Acumen

By Robert Brodo | Jun 7, 2019 7:19:29 AM

As we all probably painfully aware, empathetic listening is a critical skill of success in any business environment.  Over the years, we all have been presented with hundreds of different frameworks and methodologies that teach business professionals to listen effectively and intently absorb the words others are saying. By absorbing what others are really saying, we can be more collaborative and effective. Some effective listening methodologies suggest repeating and rephrasing, some suggest “parroting” the words back to the other individual, and others suggest using 5-7 seconds of silence to make sure the other person knows you are listening effectively.  All these methods have their positives and negatives in my opinion.

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Introducing the HR Business Partner Dialogue Framework

By Robert Brodo | May 30, 2019 8:22:49 AM

The job of the HR business partner has never been more important than it is today.  And perhaps just as underappreciated at the same time. The corporate business world is extremely complex and uncertain, and most line managers have developed a critical dependence on their top HR partners to help them execute their business strategies.  In our ever-changing business world, good HR Business Partners are able to follow along and provide foundational levels of support, while world-class HR Business Partners are able to assess the business and provide deep insights and solutions that help the business achieve its goals and objectives.

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The Art of Experimenting and the Need for Business Acumen Skills

By Robert Brodo | May 22, 2019 6:52:39 AM

Greetings from the ATD Conference and Exposition in Washington, DC.  This week the world of Talent Development is on the big stage and it’s clear that the $100 billion industry is thriving and growing at a record pace.  There are more than 10,000 attendees and more than 500 unique vendors positioning the value of their talent development solutions.

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A Modern Business Acumen Lesson from 100 Year Old Tiger Balm

By Robert Brodo | May 15, 2019 7:01:31 AM

This week, I had the pleasure of spending time in China and Singapore conducting several Business Acumen simulation workshops for US clients developing their Asia-Pac talent.  One of the things we pride ourselves on is the ability to take concepts such as strategic thinking, financial management, leadership development, coaching, and others and tailor our award-winning business simulation platforms to meet the specific needs of our global clients.  To do that, I typically spend a few hours researching local companies and brands and use their stories to teach and support the work in Business Acumen.

While in Singapore, I wanted to explore long-lasting “legacy” brands and how they’ve been able to evolve, so I could use them in our work to make concepts relevant for our participants.  I reviewed several strong legacy brands and decided on one that is fascinating and a great story of strong business acumen skills.

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Hunting vs. Farming to Generate Revenue Has Never Been More Differentiated

By Robert Brodo | May 7, 2019 8:19:52 AM

The discussion between the Global Vice President of Sales and his HR Business Partner was quick and to the point.  “Rich is a terrific person, a valuable asset to our organization, and a very strong communicator. However, he is not a Sales Professional and never will be, so why are we talking about him for this Sales Training program?”

When the HR partner probed for more information, the VP shared; “In my opinion, Sales Professionals today are pure ‘hunters’. They are able to understand the customer’s business, effectively prospect for new customers, develop relationships, close deals, make the hand-off to account management, and then move on to the next opportunity.  Rich is a great account manager, but he doesn’t have the skills to hunt. He can make sure the account is happy, and he can take new orders, but he doesn’t have the elite skills to prospect and close”

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