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New Approaches in the Definition, Assessment, and Development of Business Acumen & Strategy Execution

Event details

In person

November 9, 2022 at 10:00am Asia/Dubai

4 hours

At BTS, we believe that great leadership is universal, but how it shows up in your organization needs to be contextualized to your business, not just any business.

With over 30 years of experience assessing and developing leaders across industries, we will be bringing you new insights and approaches in the Definition, Assessment, and Development of Business Acumen and Strategy Execution. This event will allow you to evaluate and reconsider your organizational approach to these aspects of Business Acumen and Strategy Execution for your leaders.

These new approaches will empower your leaders to confront their deep-seated assumptions, leaving them with a concrete understanding of how to apply insights, learnings, feedback, and accelerate strategic transformation back on-the-job.

We invite you to experience The BTS Leader Lab simulation as one example of an approach that equips your people with the proper alignment, mindset, and capabilities to tackle the challenges of strategy execution.




In this session, you will be joined by our Strategy Alignment and Business Acumen experts, Chris Legg and Alex Kock, as well as our Assessment experts, Tara Cherniawski and Helena Woodcock, to walk you through the simulation experience and help you uncover how this can help build strategy alignment in your organization.

  • 9:30am Welcome & coffee
  • 10:00am Session I – Discuss the case for why measure business acumen (BA) and strategy execution (SE)?
  • 10:30am Session II – Experience a business simulation as a vehicle to measure Business Acumen and Strategy Execution
  • 11:30am Networking break & coffee
  • 12:00pm Session III – Demystify Business Acumen and provide a framework
  • 1:00pm Session IV – Review measurement and impact of business acumen and strategy execution development
  • 2:00pm Lunch

Who should attend

Senior leaders working in the strategy, L&D, HR, assessments, talent and innovation space in the Middle East region.


 Chris Legg  is a Senior Director at BTS and is the head of Consulting for Middle East. While Chris started his career in finance, he made the jump to management consulting over 10 years ago and has since gained experience in a wide range of industries, working with dozens of the largest and most progressive companies around the world. ​

Chris has extensive experience in competitive strategy, innovation & digital transformation, emerging technologies, management systems and operating model design as well as change management.

At BTS, Chris mainly focuses on building strategic alignment within client organizations, developing business acumen and creating cultures that foster innovation.


 Tara Cherniawski  is a Chartered CIPD Fellow, organizational psychologist and talent expert who specializes in identifying, assessing and developing managerial and leadership potential and fit through the application of best practice business psychology.

She is experienced in working at executive and corporate level and partnering with many global organizations to design, align and drive recruitment, assessment, talent management and learning strategies to maximize senior leadership potential.

Her experience in designing organizational assessment strategies and in talent growth spans over the last 23 years, where she’s worked extensively in both the GCC, the UK and Europe.


 Alex Kock  is an SVP with BTS and heads up the Middle East operation. He is an expert in Strategic Capability building in organizations and very often leads complex learning projects.

He has a diverse professional background in commerce and financial management and held various Executive positions before joining  BTS. Alex has extensive experience in rolling out global initiatives for some of the Fortune 500 companies. He focuses mainly on the Financial Services, FMCG and Pharma industries.


 Helena Woodcock  works as an Associate Director in the Assessment Practice at BTS in South Europe, Latin America & the Middle East. She is a PhD qualified Talent Expert, with over 10 years´ experience spanning multiple geographies and industries.

She has managed projects across the full employee life cycle, including the design of a nationally recognized Future Leaders Program and a custom psychometric survey for a top 5 global consulting firm, to support partner level promotions. In addition,  she has delivered executive assessments for a Fortune 500 company and a 360 survey across 40,000 employees (including the top 150 global leaders).

Some of the regional and global clients she has worked with include Zurich, MetLife, TSB, Dubai Petroleum, ADNOC, Deloitte and PwC.

Questions about this event

Reach out to events.imea@bts.com