Be sure your thank-you note to an interviewer is specific to that situation, perhaps mentioning something that was said in the interview, Scott Foley writes. He suggests using e-mail to send the note if the position will be filled right away.
Caterpillar has long promoted managers internally -- the company's six top executives are 30-year-plus veterans --but the company's failure to capitalize on the global manufacturing boom from 2006 to 2008 forced CEO Doug Oberhelman to reconsider. Hiring senior managers from Ford, Honeywell and Harley-Davidson helped the company introduce smarter supply-chain and plant-management strategies, he says, and is helping create a more urgent and transparent corporate culture.
Innovation is a discipline that people learn over time, by facing similar problems over and over again, writes Scott Anthony. Novices struggle, but seasoned innovators can rely on automatic "muscle memory" to carry them through routine hiccups. That allows them to save their energy for bigger challenges and ultimately achieve far more, Anthony writes.
It's the time of year when business leaders start taking stock of their achievements and making sweeping plans for the months to come -- but most people won't follow through on their good intentions, writes Marla Tabaka. To keep your goals in mind in the New Year, try plastering your office walls with sticky notes of various sizes and colors.
Laurie Ruettimann, the blogger behind Punk Rock HR, recommends saving a tree when it comes to sending thank-you notes after an interview. Unless you are her niece, sister or cousin who just received a gift, she quips, the thank-you note is not necessary. "I have never hired (or declined to hire) someone based on whether or not a thank you card was sent." Not all of her readers agree, though: "Laurie, you might be surprised (or not) at how many old-school recruiters save thank-you notes and revisit them when they have a new opening," writes one.