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Managing Through Corporate Politics - The Achilles’ Heel of Executing Professional Skepticism

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

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Ethics |  Partner Produced
Lynn Fountain, CGMA, CRMA, MBA
Course Levels:
2 Hours
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Professionals often require the ability to utilize professional skepticism, due care and independence when executing their corporate role. Corporate politics can be a combating factor when attempting to comply with those requirements. Leaders must be vigilant about nipping “political” problems in the bud, before they spiral out of control and/or impede those whose job it is to see through political agendas.


Dealing with corporate politics can be one of the most frustrating and confusing experiences for any professional. Unfortunately, selfishness, greed, bickering, lust for power, etc. can creep into your company's culture and impede productivity.


Learning to understand and deal with corporate politics is a prerequisite to being able to maintain an effective career. This course discusses the basics of corporate politics and provides you with alternatives to managing and handling dilemmas that you may face.


This course focuses on the core concepts that impact corporate politics and discusses methods for better understanding when, how, and why the issues occur. This enables professionals to better execute their professional skepticism, due care and independence responsibilities.

Basic Course Information

Learning Objectives
  • Explore the definition of corporate politics.
  • Recognize instances when corporate politics arise and identify methods to address corporate politics.
  • Identify the impact of corporate politics on an organization and its people.
  • Identify the types of corporate politics that exist and how to remedy them.
  • Explore the importance of the “metaphors” of corporate politics.
  • Identify how to dispel the myths of corporate politics.
  • Explore the types of “roles” and” players” in corporate politics.
  • Identify how to employ steps to overcome corporate politics

Major Subjects
  • Defining corporate politics
  • Impact of corporate politics
  • Types of corporate politics and remedies
  • Metaphors of corporate politics
  • Dispelling myths
  • The players

Course Materials


Lynn Fountain, CGMA, CRMA, MBA Related Seminars and Products

Lynn Fountain has over 37 years of experience spanning public accounting, corporate accounting and consulting. 22 years of her experience has been working in the areas of internal and external auditing. She is a subject matter expert in multiple fields including internal audit, ethics, fraud evaluations, Sarbanes-Oxley, enterprise risk management, governance, financial management and compliance. 

Ms. Fountain has held two Chief Audit Executive positions for international companies. In 2011, as the Chief Audit Executive for an international construction/ engineering firm, she was involved in the active investigation of a joint venture fraud.  The investigation included work with the FBI and ultimately led to indictment of the perpetrators and recovery of $13M.  Ms. Fountain is currently engaged in her own training and consulting business and is a regular trainer for the AICPA.

Ms. Fountain is the author of three separate technical books.  “Raise the Red Flag – The Internal Auditors Guide to Fraud Evaluations” was published by the Institute of Internal Auditors Research Foundation. “Leading The Internal Audit Function” and “Ethics and The Internal Auditor Political Dilemma” were published by Taylor & Francis In addition,

Ms. Fountain has performed as an adjunct instructor for the School of Business for Grantham University and developed the first internal audit curriculum for the School of Business at the University of Kansas.  Ms. Fountain obtained her BSBA from Pittsburg State University and her MBA from Washburn University in Kansas. She has her CGMA, CRMA credentials and CPA certificate (non-active).


Tue, Aug 06, 2024 - 02:00pm to 03:43pm EDT
Sat, Sep 21, 2024 - 11:00am to 12:43pm EDT
Mon, Oct 21, 2024 - 09:00am to 10:43am EDT
Tue, Nov 12, 2024 - 02:00pm to 03:43pm EST
Thu, Dec 05, 2024 - 11:00am to 12:43pm EST
Thu, Dec 19, 2024 - 09:00am to 10:43am EST
Thu, Jan 09, 2025 - 02:00pm to 03:43pm EST

Additional Info

Basic Course Information

Prerequisites None
Advanced Preparation None
Designed For CPAs in public practice and anyone in business, industry or government
Original Recording Date 11/06/2019
Yellow Book No
Course Developer MICPA
Date Added to Catalog 08/16/2019

Additional Information

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Instructional Delivery Method Group Internet Based
Course Registration Requirements Online Registration
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Overall:      4.6

Total Reviews: 128


Alynn P

"Nice job"

Stephanie W

"I LOVED the content in this webinar as this is a specific area I have struggled with in my career."

Catherine H

"This was a great course!! It gave some really good information and a lot of points really hit home with my current employment situation. Thank you!"

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