Acumen Partners Articles

Proven Leaders are Also Great Readers

Great leaders read. It’s a short sentence but it is layered with meaning.  What is it about reading that makes it such a universal passion among people who are best suited to lead people and organizations?  Is it that leaders read books that contain all the answers? Not likely.  The realities of today’s rapidly changing market place have no historical precedent. 21st century business leaders must handle challenges that have never been seen before.

Andres AfanadorProven Leaders are Also Great Readers
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Book Review: The Innovators Solution: Creating and Sustaining Successful Growth

The Innovators Solution: Creating and Sustaining Successful Growth

By: Clayton M. Christensen; Michael Raynor

Ratings: MUST READ Right Things: 5.0;   Right Way: 4.8;   Right Team: 4.8;
TOTAL: 4.8
Leadership/Management Maturity: ___ Entry (0–1yrs); ___Early (1–3yrs);    Competent (3-5yrs);    Proficient (5-10yrs);   Expert (10+yrs);
Target Audience: C-Suite, Senior Leadership, Management/Leadership Development
Target Business Stage: Start-up Stage; Growth Stage; Established Stage;
Est. Reading Time: 5-6 hours, 304 pages
Andres AfanadorBook Review: The Innovators Solution: Creating and Sustaining Successful Growth
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Book Review: The Innovators Dilemma: When New Technologies Cause Great Firms to Fail

The Innovators Dilemma: When New Technologies Cause Great Firms to Fail

By: Clayton M Christensen

Ratings: MUST READ Right Things: 5.0;   Right Way: 5.0;   Right Team: 4.8;
TOTAL: 4.9
Leadership/Management Maturity: ___ Entry (0–1yrs); ___Early (1–3yrs);    Competent (3-5yrs);    Proficient (5-10yrs);   Expert (10+yrs);
Target Audience: C-Suite, Senior Leadership, Management/Leadership Development
Target Business Stage: Start-up Stage; Growth Stage; Established Stage;
Est. Reading Time: 4-5 hours, 288 pages
Andres AfanadorBook Review: The Innovators Dilemma: When New Technologies Cause Great Firms to Fail
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Book Review: Blue Ocean Strategy: How to Create Uncontested Market Space and Make the Competition Irrelevant

Blue Ocean Strategy: How to Create Uncontested Market Space and Make the Competition Irrelevant

By: W. Chan Kim; Renee Mauborgne

Ratings: MUST READ Right Things: 4.8;   Right Way: 4.4;   Right Team: 4.0;
TOTAL: 4.4
Leadership/Management Maturity: ___ Entry (0–1yrs); ___Early (1–3yrs);  ___  Competent (3-5yrs);    Proficient (5-10yrs);   Expert (10+yrs);
Target Audience: C-Suite, Senior Leadership, Management/Leadership Development
Target Business Stage: Start-up Stage; Growth Stage; Established Stage;
Est. Reading Time: 5- hours, 320 pages
Andres AfanadorBook Review: Blue Ocean Strategy: How to Create Uncontested Market Space and Make the Competition Irrelevant
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Book Review: Business Model Generation

Business Model Generation: A Handbook for Visionaries, Game Changers, and Challengers

by: Alex Osterwald; Yves Pigneur

Ratings: MUST READ Right Things: 5.0;   Right Way: 4.2;   Right Team: 4.0;
TOTAL: 4.2 
Leadership/Management Maturity: ✔ Entry (0–1yrs); ✔_Early (1–3yrs);   Competent (3-5yrs);    Proficient (5-10yrs);   Expert (10+yrs);
Target Audience: C-Suite, Senior Leadership, Management/Leadership Development
Target Business Stage: Start-up Stage; Growth Stage; Established Stage;
Est. Reading Time: 4-5 hours, 288 pages
Andres AfanadorBook Review: Business Model Generation
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Book Review: Competitive Strategy

Competitive Strategy: Techniques for Analyzing Industries and Competitors

by Michael E. Porter

Ratings: MUST READ Right Things: 5.0;   Right Way: 4.5;   Right Team: 4.5;
TOTAL: 4.7 
Leadership/Management Maturity: ___ Entry (0–1yrs); ___ Early (1–3yrs);   Competent (3-5yrs);    Proficient (5-10yrs);   Expert (10+yrs);
Target Audience: C-Suite, Senior Leadership, Management/Leadership Development
Target Business Stage: Start-up Stage; Growth Stage; Established Stage;
Est. Reading Time: 8-10 hours, 397 pages
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Recruiting in the World of Start-ups

Recruiting in the World of Start-ups

Who would benefit most from the services of a recruiter? It is actually the Start-Up! One essential hire – whether in sales, operations or general management could cut in half the time required to move from start-up to growth.

Gloria ElliottRecruiting in the World of Start-ups
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Acumen and Unravelling ESSA – a Timeline

Acumen and Unravelling ESSA – a Timeline

Acumen Partners, as part of our due diligence for ourself and our client companies, keeps up-to-date on political and economic trends that effect education and the companies that provide programs for educators.  Our staff has the ability and the capacity to analyze changes and provide warnings when new programs or regulations are on the horizon.  Acumen Partners followed the unheralded adoption of ESSA as it quickly made its way through the legislative system and finally reached President Obama’s desk in December of 2015.

Gloria ElliottAcumen and Unravelling ESSA – a Timeline
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