The Acumen Index Assessment


Today business success is measured in talent – the right talent for the job. The lack of job performance and resulting employee turnover mean missed business opportunities and increased costs. It is difficult to identify the core attributes needed to be successful in a particular job – and harder still to determine whether the candidates being considered possess those core attributes.


Managers are seeking more accurate ways to assess, develop and retain top talent. The TTI Acumen Index is unique in its ability to assess an individual’s cognitive structure, focusing on three dimensions of thought used in the process of thinking:

•    Systematic: ideas, thinking and structure. Measures systems judgment and self-direction
•    Extrinsic: things, doing and events. Measures practical thinking and role awareness 
•    Intrinsic: people, feelings and self awareness. Measures empathetic outlook and sense of self 

Along with the three dimensions of thought, the Acumen Index has a direct relationship with mathematics, and this makes it unlike other instruments of its kind. This is the secret behind its ability to measure the core dimensions of how we think. The result is an accurate ranking of personal talent skills describing individual potential for workplace performance.

When combined with an assessment of behavioral traits and values, the Acumen Index is an important part of the third component necessary to assess an individual in a way that provides a complete picture of individual talent.


This tool takes twenty minutes to complete on-line and delivers a personalized report that identifies the score of each of the top twenty three core attributes and the score in each one. It measures such elements as:

•    Personal Accountability
•    Customer Focus
•    Goal Achievement
•    Results Orientation
•    Problem Solving


The PTSI has been validated in over 28 individual validation studies, conducted over 20 years by more than 19 separate examiners. It meets the standard of the EEOC. Ongoing research continues to underscore the value of this unique business tool.

The Four Pillars of Behavior

  • Dominance

    The D is challenge-oriented, competitive, highly active, innovative, and tenacious. They are forceful, decisive, direct and independent - bottom-line driven self-starters who value time and are not content with the status quo.  

    The Time Edge



  • Influence

    The I is expressive, enthusiastic, friendly, demonstrative, and talkative. They are optimistic, creative problem solvers who verbalize articulately Outgoing and empathetic, they want to be liked and trusted and make great team players.

    The Time Edge

  • Steadiness

    The S is methodical, reliable, steady and modest. They are loyal, patient, dependable team players and work hard for the right leader. Calming and stabilizing, they are logical, step-wise thinkers who are good at completing tasks. 

    Edge Business Essentials

  • Compliance

    The C is analytical, exacting, careful, and deliberative. They maintain high standards and are , task oriented objective thinkers. They define, clarify, get information, criticize, test, pay attention to small details, and like to follow the rules. 

    The Alternative Board