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    The 8 Man Rotation: The 2014 Season - #8ManRotation

    As an HR/Talent pro I am on record as stating that you can learn just about everything you need to know about leadership, management, performance, assessment, teamwork, engagement, culture, succession planning, and ultimately winning from watching sports.

    In fact, not only do I believe that to be true, my 8 Man Rotation pals Kris Dunn, Tim Sackett, Lance Haun, Matt Stollak and I spend lots of time, energy, and pixels all year long trying to make that point through the numerous posts we craft that hit upon the themes of Sports and HR.

    And each year our pal Matt Stollak compiles these pieces into The 8 Man Rotation E-book, which the boys and I are proud to release today.

    The 8 Man Rotation: The 2014 Season is 161 pages of our best takes in 2014 on the themes of HR strategy, analytics, talent management, performance, recruiting, compensation and more - all with a connection to the wide, wide world of sports. With a forward from our pal Paul Hebert, The 2014 Season I have to confess, was probably our finest season yet.

    Please check out The 2014 Season, (embedded below, email and RSS subscribers will need to click through)


    Huge thanks go out once again to the fellas for letting me be a part of the crew and to Matty Ice in particular for doing all the hard work to bring the Ebook together each year. 


    EBOOK: The 8 Man Rotation: The 2012 Season

    It's like Christmas in February for the HR pro/sports fan.

    What am I talking about? Well, here goes.

    I'm sure even if you are not a sports fan you are familiar with the annual Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition. Many years back, the big shots at SI concocted a scheme to try and goose sales of their weekly sports magazine in one of the most dead spots of the year in the sports calendar - February.

    Their solution to try to boost sales in the period after football season had ended and before baseball season had started?

    Pack the 'sports' magazine with images of bikini-clad models cavorting on exotic beaches. And it worked - the 'swimsuit' issue remains a top seller. Certainly, SI came up with a solid strategy that has served the magazine well for a long time.

    Well, your pals from The 8 Man Rotation, Lance Haun, Tim Sackett, Kris Dunn, Steve Boese, and Matt Stollak are coming at you with our own contribution to help you navigate through the last few weeks of Winter - yes, it's the release of The 8 Man Rotation: A Look at Sports and HR - The 2012 Season!

    The 8 Man Rotation 2012 Season Ebook is the third edition in what has become a February sports tradition on par with the legendary SI Swimsuit issue.

    But the 8 Man Rotation offers something different, (not better I suppose, but certainly different), than models on the beach, it brings over 140 pages from the 8 Man Rotation gang, all about the intersection of HR, Talent Management, Recruiting, Leadership and sports.

    Sports is the perfect metaphor for much of what we care about in HR and Talent - recruiting the right talent, coaching and performance management, coaxing the best results out of everyone on the team, dealing with 'superstar' talent and finding ways to balance talent, ego, ambition with team goals in order to achieve greatness. 

    It's what sports are all about, and more or less, it's what HR and Talent pros also try to deliver for their organizations.

    The fearless Matt 'akaBruno' Stollak has once again pored through a year's worth of posts from LanceHaun.com, The Tim Sackett Project, HR Capitalist, Steve's HR Tech, and his own True Faith HR to collect a fantastic compilation of posts on recruiting, development, strategy, and more - and all with the sports angle that fans of the prior editions of The 8 Man Rotation have come to expect. 

    So head on over to The 8 Man Rotation site to check out and download your FREE Ebook - The 8 Man Rotation: A Look at Sports and HR, The 2012 Season.

    And one more thing - you can catch The 8 Man Rotation gang LIVE on the HR Happy Hour Show this Thursday, Feb. 21 at 8:00PM ET, talking about all things 'Sports and HR'.


    The 8 Man Rotation - The 2011 Season

    The long national nightmare is over.

    Take comfort dear readers, the latest chapter in the saga known as 'The 8 Man Rotation' is back.Get your copy over here!

    It's been a year since the first edition of the world's leading 'HR and Sports' E-book was issued, and the response, enthusiasm, and general excitement that accompanied that effort had led to the next installment, the second season if you will.

    Once again the mighty Matt 'akaBruno' Stollak has curated and compiled the best sports-related blog posts from the past year from some of your favorite Human Resources bloggers, and put together a fantastic E-book called 'The 8 Man Rotation - The 2011 Season'.

    The 8 Man Rotation – The 2011 Season

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    The roster for Season Two has been kept intact:

    Kris Dunn - The HR Capitalist

    Tim Sackett - The Tim Sackett Project

    Lance Haun - Life Between the Brackets

    Matt Stollak - True Faith HR

    Steve Boese - Steve's HR Tech

    Matt did another fantastic job putting together all the sports-themed posts from 2011, grouping them into logical categories, and laying out the entire project in a professional and attractive package. Over 100 pages of HR and Sports commentary, insights, and advice and all at a can't beat this price - Free!

    And as a special bonus, introductions from fans of the 8 Man Rotation William Tincup and Trish McFarlane.

    You can download your copy of 'The 8 Man Rotation - The 2011 Season' - here. The E-book is 100% guaranteed to satisfy 60% of the time - or your money back.

    Many, many thanks to Matt for pulling it all together!


    The 8 Man Rotation - Ebook

    Today I am really pleased to support the launch of a little not-so-secret project that has been in the works for the last few months - an Ebook called 'The 8 Man Rotation', that I have the pleasure and honor to have played a small role in creating.

    The good Dr. Matthew Stollak, Assistant Professor of Business Administration at St. Norbert College, author of the excellent True Faith HR blog, and one of the most passionate sports fans I know hatched the plan to collect, curate, and organize some of the best 'Sports and HR' blog posts written in the last couple of years from a fantastic collection of writers, and create a free Ebook from the hundreds of pieces.

    The roster of contributors for The 8 Man Rotation Ebook reads like a who's who of dudes whose better athletic days are far behind them, but whose passion for sports, and the lessons and insights sports can offer to our profession, our workplaces, and our relationships continues unabated, and in spite of withering criticism from some who would hold that the endless sports analogies are tiresome and irrelevant. Haters.

    The starting lineup:

    Kris Dunn - The HR Capitalist

    Lance Haun - ReHaul.com

    Tim Sackett - The Tim Sackett Project

    Matt Stollak - True Faith HR

    and little old me.

    The Ebook covers topic ranging from Workforce Planning and Strategy, to Recruiting, to Performance and Talent Management. Of course with a heavy mix of basketball, football, and baseball mixed in.

    The PDF version of the Ebook can be downloaded here, and also can be accessed on Slideshare here (also embedded below, email and RSS subscribers may need to click through).

     The 8 Man Rotation Ebook

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    Many, many thanks to Matt Stollak for having the idea for the project, sifting through many hundreds of posts about LeBron James, and compiling this really awesome publication of which I am proud to be a small part.

    Now download the Ebook and keep it handy while you watch the NBA Playoffs tonight!


    The HR 101 E-Book

    Over at the Creative Chaos Consultant blog, the King of NYC, Victorio Milian has organized a great series of posts called the 'HR 101' series.

    These posts cover a wide range of business topics that HR professionals (and students) really need to become more familiar with and to develop a stronger understanding of to strengthen their skills, and to continue to make more significant impact in their organizations. 

    The series covers topics like Law, Finance, and Technology among others, and has been a collective project (led by Victorio) to provide a forum for various subject matter experts to share their knowledge.

    And better still, Victorio has assembled all the 'HR 101' contributions into a handy E-book that can be viewed and downloaded from his site.

    The E-book can be found here - 'The HR 101 E-Book'.

    I encourage you to check out the E-book and to share and distribute.

    Thanks Victorio for allowing me to participate in the project, and for all your hard work creating such a valuable resource.