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Power, Influence and Ethics

Total Credits: 2 including 2 Behavioral Ethics - Non-technical

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ACPEN Industry Institute |  Ethics |  Industry
Diane D. White, MBA, CPA, CMA
Course Levels:
2 Hours
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At the beginning of this century, notorious corporate scandals led to the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and increased federal regulations. Today, we know significantly more about how these companies’ leaders behaved at the height of their fraudulent actions, creating a climate of fear and intimidation where other senior executives felt compelled to do whatever was necessary to “meet the numbers.”

Most people operate ethically most of the time. How is it that someone can coerce otherwise good people into taking unethical and even fraudulent actions? The answer lies in basic human nature and our need for security, achievement, significance and the many ways unethical or 'toxic' leaders can play on our anxieties and fears.

Basic Course Information

Learning Objectives
  • Learn how to use the rules of influence to ethically influence others and learn how to defend ourselves when the rules of influence are applied against us in an unethical manner.

Major Subjects
  • The two sides of leadership
  • Practices that build and destroy an organization’s value and spirit
  • Toxic leader characteristics
  • Four sources of leadership power
  • Push vs. pull leadership styles
  • Six 'Rules of Influence' that cause one person to say 'yes' to another person
  • Ways to defend ourselves against toxic leaders
  • How to use corporate politics to our advantage and still do the right thing



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Diane D. WhiteMBA, CPA, CMA, is a finance and accounting executive with 39 years of control and business leadership expertise in both large and small for-profit and non-profit corporations.  She served several Fortune 50 corporations as Division Controller for 25 years before becoming a CFO for nonprofits and small businesses.  Diane recently retired as CFO of Workforce Resource, a nationwide mortgage finance service provider.  She and her husband Jim reside in Beaufort, SC where she enjoys volunteer work, teaching, consulting, writing, and a wide array of Lowcountry outdoor pleasures.


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Additional Info

Basic Course Information

Prerequisites Some management experience helpful
Advanced Preparation None
Designed For Corporate financial professionals
Original Recording Date 04/25/2018
Yellow Book No
Course Developer Executive Education, Inc.
Date Added to Catalog 02/07/2018

Additional Information

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Instructional Delivery Method Group Internet Based
Course Registration Requirements Online Registration
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Overall:      4.5

Total Reviews: 244


Richard H - n/a, Utah

"I'm grateful to Diane for her insights and knowledge of ethics and what determines good leadership."

Kay W

"Thank you. It was easy to use this method for CPE."

Krista T

"I like that the PowerPoint slides were shown on the screen, along with the presenter."

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Hannah T

"Liked the examples - especially Disney- interesting "

Daisy Q

"Diane made the topic more interesting."

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David W

"Excellent content and both the presenters did a very good job!"

Richard H - n/a, Utah

"I enjoyed the course, the material presented, and the method of presentation. "

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