Business Acumen & Financial Literacy for HR Professionals.

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What You Really Need to Know About Business Acumen- for managers and specialists in all human resource disciplines

Recertification Hours: 7

Approved for 7.0 Business Management and Strategy recertification credit hours toward PHR, SPHR and GPHR recertification through the HR Certification Institute.* For more information about certification or recertification, please visit the HR Certification Institute website at

Program Overview

Whether creating employee benefit packages or helping set corporate performance expectations, today’s businesses rely more than ever on their human resources professionals for insight into critical decisions about staffing, leadership development, and more. The challenge for HR professionals is to align their focus and priorities with overall corporate goals — while considering ROI, revenue growth and profitability.

Though many HR professionals do not have financial backgrounds, they are expected to possess the business acumen that is a foundation for making confident, informed recommendations. HR professionals need to know how their companies make and spend money — how business works — to be effective and credible.

This workshop is a stimulating table-top simulation, fast-paced, energizing and engaging way to build business acumen within all HR and personnel disciplines.

Learning objectives

At the end of this workshop HR professionals develop significantly higher levels of financial literacy and business acumen. They can

  • articulate the organization’s financial and strategic imperatives
  • demonstrate the value of their programs and services
  • increase their credibility and confidence with senior executives and stakeholders
  • align departmental and personal goals to overall company success, make better decisions and inspire others to do the same

HR employees develop a big-picture understanding of the company’s financial and strategic goals. They see the link between their departmental objectives and their own, where they fit, and how they can make a difference.

Speaker & Facilitator: Dr. Maxwell Ubah

Dr. Maxwell is a successful and experienced consulting professional with experience in strategy formulation and implementation across many industries, including the financial services industry. Educated in Nigeria (Unlilag) and in the UK (Sloan on Leadership & Strategy at the London Business School) he is a certified leadership and change management consultant with experience in the design and delivery of change management programmes. Max brings to this workshop a proven track record of success in helping participants understand how businesses run and how HR professionals can be more successful with supporting the business.

Dr. Ubah has authored and published two books: The Difference—What Successful People Know & Do That Ordinary People Do Not, and Seven Great Life Lessons—Powerful Strategies for Reaching Your Goals.

SHRM Forum

This program is organised and managed by the SHRM Member Forum in Nigeria.


*The use of this seal is not an endorsement by the HR Certification Institute of the quality of the program. It means that this program has met the HR Certification Institute’s criteria to be pre-approved for recertification credit.