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There's No Such Thing As "Business" Ethics

3 CE Hours - E418

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How is it possible that "business" ethics doesn't exist? In the course text, There's No Such Thing As "Business" Ethics, respected leadership expert, speaker, and author, John C. Maxwell, demonstrates there is but one single standard of ethics – the Golden Rule. Through this course you'll discover how this revered ideal works everywhere and how it brings amazing dividends in business. 

With this course, you'll delve into stories from history that illustrate how talented leaders invoked the Golden Rule, examples of difficult business decisions, and how the Rule applies to each. Now you'll know the most common reasons people will compromise their ethics and how you can prevail over these moral obstacles, realizing how applying the Golden Rule to business builds morale, increases productivity, and keeps clients coming back.

Upon completion of this program you will be able to:

  • Identify ethical dilemmas that are common in today's society
  • Define the Golden Rule of ethics
  • Evaluate how to determine ways that each person wishes to be treated and discover how we can treat others this way
  • Learn what constitutes character and explain steps to developing it
  • Observe what can undermine the Golden Rule of ethics
  • Create steps to develop the "Midas Touch" in ethical behavior

This course will reveal not only the many ways the Golden Rule creates the perfect environment for success, but does it with wisdom, warmth, and humor. Backed by flawless research and the ideas of history's best thinkers, this engaging course text demonstrates how doing the right thing fosters a winning situation for all, with positive results for employees, clients, and even your own state of mind.

Featured Reviews

The choice of this book for ethical CE is a gift. I am always involved with religious studies and a lot of times I felt as an outsider in the world. This course not only inspired me in my profession but inspired me to continue my personal growth. I was very impressed to read that there are other business people who follow ethical standards.

- Sonia Christie, LMT, BCTMB

This was a great course. Love John Maxwell's writings.

- Christie Chadwick, LMT, LMBT

I really appreciate the wide variety of Ethics courses you offer. I'm very happy you offered this one in particular - it is the best Ethics course I've ever taken (great content), and even one of the best online courses I've taken. Great author. Also, your website and course were user friendly. Thank you.

- Darlene Marmer, BCTMB

Thanks for offering this valuable course. Loved reading the book. It was full of great and important lessons. This book should be compulsory reading for all people, not just those in business!

- Dianna LeBeau, LMT

Excellent course. I think everyone should at least read this book.

- Vicki Wells, LMT

I have been a massage therapist for over 15 years. I have taken many ethics courses. This one, is by far, the best one I have ever taken. It brings together all of the aspects of interacting with people and also yourself. It is the foundation of ethics...the Golden Rule! We have all heard that it is important to keep, but this program breaks it down into why and how to implement it in your entire life, not just as massage therapist.

- Judy Anderson, LMT, BCTMB

Being a member of John Maxwell's Team, I was excited to see one of his books featured as a continuing education course. I always learn so much to help me be a better person with John's material.

- Glenda Waters, LMBT

This course was great! Much better than I had expected it to be, the material explained things out clearly and concisely.

- Summerlyn Thompson, LMT

I loved the book! Even though we all understand the concept of the Golden Rule, it is so good to revisit it, self-reflect and share with others in our life. It was somehow very refreshing to read very applicable to everyday situations we confront.

- Lori K. Loveland, LMBT

I really enjoyed Maxwell's book. It is not new information, but it is re-enforcing for my ethics.

- Barbara Alpert, LMT

I found this ethics course to be something I see a lot of people lacking in their personal and professional lives. I have found that when I live my life obeying the Golden Rule everything flourishes. I was glad to see a course that made people look inside themselves. This ethics course is a deeper look inside and explains what drives people to make the good and the bad decisions they do.

- Chanda Garner, LMBT

I live by the Golden Rule as a rule, in my business and in life. So when this course was mysteriously in my email one day, and saw what the content was, I was super happy that someone else felt the same way nowadays.

- Hayley Lewis-Nelson, LMT

The book is from 2003. While the core of the information is relatively timeless, some of the examples are dated. The book itself is actually really good and a quicker read than I expected. It can be a little repetitive, but the author offers good points. And for an ethics CEU, it kept my attention really well.

- Madison Cowan, LMT, BCTMB

This course gave a deeper perspective on the meaning of good ethics. It started a bit slow, but picked up along the way and brought up a few very interesting points. I recommend it! I would like to see more ethics courses...

- Connie Messer, LMT, BCTMB


  • Text - 182 pages
  • Multiple-choice test - if you prefer to test online please select the "test online" option
  • Certificate upon completion - if you prefer to print your certificate at home instantly, please select the online option

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The Institute is approved by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) as a continuing education Approved Provider. Approved Provider 049478-00.

Credits also accepted by the AMTA, ABMP and NAHA.

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Leslie DeMatteo, MS, LMT

Leslie DeMatteo, MS, LMT

Leslie L. DeMatteo, LMT, MS, has been an active massage therapist since 1998, after graduating from the Sarasota School of Massage Therapy in Sarasota, FL. There she completed the massage therapy program along with a certificate program in Nuad-Bo-Rarn: Traditional Massage of Thailand.

Since then, she has completed continuing education in cranial-sacral fundamentals, cancer and mastectomy massage, reflexology, trigger point therapy and prenatal massage. She is also certified by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) and is a Professional Level member of Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals (ABMP).

Her work in massage therapy continuing education and teaching in a massage school ignited a passion for adult training and education, which led her to pursue her Bachelor's Degree in Adult Learning: Vocational Instruction, followed by her a Master's Degree in Adult Learning.

Ms. DeMatteo is the instructor for many of the Institute's courses including such courses as Advanced Prenatal Massage, Ethics of Diversity. Cupping Therapy: A Step-by-Step Approach, Diversity: Cultural Competence, Mastering Pregnancy Massage, and many more.

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