In the guest chair:

Eric V. Holtzclaw and Dana Barrett

Eric V. Holtzclaw and Dana Barrett

Holiday party or a Christmas bonus? Eric V. Holtzclaw, Chief Strategist with Laddering Works, joined Dana back in studio to provide us with some employee gifting tips and ways to plan for 2015.

Laddering Works was founded by Eric to educate clients on the “whys” of business: why customers buy, why teams work and the “entrepreneurial why.” As Chief Strategist, Eric guides start-up businesses on the path to professionally managed.

Plus, it’s Friday! Adam Gajdharsingh of Social Save gave us the lowdown on what’s happening in Atlanta this weekend during Dana’s Work Hard/Play Hard segment.

In the headlines:

  • Remember when we told you Genuine Parts (best known for their Napa Auto Parts brand) was moving away from the new Cobb County Braves Stadium? Well, guess who’s buying their current campus? Yup. The Braves.
  • In today’s “You’re only a smart criminal until you get caught story,” four Atlantans are off to jail for their creative fraud scheme at Home Depot stores across the south.
  • Remember when we told you that the long time Dunwoody iconic breakfast restaurant, Hickory House had mysteriously closed? Well, it’s not coming back. A Texas restaurant group is coming to Atlanta with their “Black Walnut Cafe” concept and the old Hickory House will be one of their first new locations.
  • Business leaders are responding to yesterday’s news about eased restrictions between US and Cuba; if 50 years of embargo was not enough to achieve the goal of overthrowing the Castro regime, perhaps it’s time to change tactics!

Other stuff:

Learn what motivates you, how to work smarter and live better. Join The Dana Barrett Show Business Book Club for a discussion of DRIVE: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Daniel Pink on Monday, January 12th at South City Kitchen in Vinings! Get all the details and sign up to attend here: