Chesapeake CEO: To have a great workplace, run a great business

Much of the talk about creating a great place to work centers on things like employee morale and benefits. But the sharks are circling. First, be a place where great ideas rise, a new CEO says.

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Is your organization a great place to work? Congratulations! But here’s a cold cup of reality in the face.

Activist investors such as Carl Icahn don’t care how chipper your staffers feel as they arrange their desktop toys or drop off their kids at the onsite day care.

“Carl Icahn does not care if it’s a great place to work,” says Robert D. “Doug” Lawler, president and chief executive officer of Chesapeake Energy. “Carl Icahn cares about green money.”

If you don’t tend to business, Icahn could swoop in, taking your business decisions out of your hands, Lawler says in a Ragan Training video, “Taking the reins as a new CEO: The vital importance of proactive internal and external communications at Chesapeake.”

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