In the guest chair:

Brandon Smith & Dana Barrett

Brandon Smith & Dana Barrett

Brandon Smith, The Workplace Therapist joined Dana for the first hour of the show this morning to discuss positive ways to close out the year with your employees. Wanny Manasse, T-Mobile‘s Vice President of the Southeast Area was in studio for the second hour to discuss their 101 Best & Brightest Companies to Work For Award and how their corporate culture makes them a standout mobile services provider.

The Worksmiths LLC, is a boutique executive coaching and culture consulting firm that helps clients craft top-performing workplaces.

Wanny Manasse & Dana Barrett

Wanny Manasse & Dana Barrett

As America’s Un-carrier, T-Mobile US, Inc. is redefining the way consumers and businesses buy wireless services through leading product and service innovation. The Company’s advanced nationwide 4G LTE network delivers outstanding wireless experiences to more than 61 million customers who are unwilling to compromise on quality and value.

In the headlines:

  • Local developer, Jamestown LP is hoping to create an Atlanta ‘waterfront’ with their Riverview Landing development along the Chattahoochee in Smyrna. They say “Atlanta doesn’t look at its river as a catalyst for investment and redevelopment the way other cities like Chattanooga do” and they want to change that.
  • Microsoft has opened its 2nd US Microsoft Innovation Center in the historic Flatiron building in downtown Atlanta. Mayor Reed and Microsoft’s President of North America, Judson Althoff cut the ribbon on Tuesday on the newly  renovated space that will focus on increasing access to Microsoft software and technology support for citizens—with an emphasis on K–20 education, student entrepreneurs, software startups and job seekers. The center will also work with Atlanta’s Women’s Entrepreneurship Initiative (WEI) to provide development software, coaching and grants to selected women entrepreneurs. (There are more than 100 MICs worldwide).
  • Officials with Georgia Power and The University of Georgia are collaborating on a 1-megawatt solar energy demonstration project on the university’s Athens, Ga., campus. The project, also dedicated Tuesday is part of a two-year partnership agreement where researchers will study solar forecasting to help identify optimal orientation and tracking technology suitable for Georgia’s climate and energy demand. Energy generated by the project will flow to the state’s electric grid, and UGA will receive renewable energy credits.
  • Home Depot is looking to expand in Marietta, Ga., near the technology center they just opened there three months ago. The company  plans to buy a 98,900-square-foot building adjacent to the new facility and says it will allow them to potentially add 500 additional employees.
  • A State Senate study committee that examined the cityhood process this summer and fall wants to do away with some models now in use and explore some not in current Georgia law. In a report released yesterday, the committee recommended prohibiting the “city lite” model for new cities now being used in Peachtree Corners and about to take effect in Tucker.  The city lite model limits cities to providing as few as three services while depending on their host counties for the rest. The study committee also suggested further study of the “township” or “village” concept, a model that could serve as an alternative to the city lite approach. The powers of a township or village would be limited to land use and zoning.
  • Accenture has decided to do away with the annual performance review!  Yay!
  • And it’s official: the Fed has indeed raised interest rates .25% – but guess who wins… the banks… not the savers. Not cool.
  • Facebook is testing the ability to book an Uber car directly from inside the Messenger chat app. The new feature is the first transportation partnership for Messenger, but Facebook hopes to add other ride-hailing companies in the future. It is rolling out slowly to users in the United States at first.  The idea seems to be that people use Messenger to coordinate plans, like asking your BFF if they want to meet for lunch. Instead of having to navigate to an entirely different app on your smartphone (the horror!), you can do it mid-conversation.

Other stuff:

Join us Monday, January 11th for the next meeting of The Dana Barrett Show Business Book Club! This month’s selection is THE ROAD TO CHARACTER by David Brooks. We’ll talk leadership and the line between the “Big Me” and our own inner, personal values. We will meet at American Food and Beverage in Buckhead. Get all the details and sign up to attend here:

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