So You Want a Seat at the Table, a Practical Guide to Being a True Strategic HR Business Partner is a refreshing approach to a long-debated challenge. It is targeted to new and experienced human resources business partners and human resources leaders who want to expand their ability to think and act strategically. Whether an HR practitioner is in a large or small corporation, no-for-profit, or the government, the book provides clarity to the critical elements to strategic human resources. The book follows Mary Alice, a new vice president of human resources for a rapidly growing company. It guides the reader through critical human resources strategy and execution around building a healthy culture, talent acquistion, competency development, compensation, succession planning, metrics, talent management and employee development that align with the business strategy.The book is structured around a fictitious company and successfully delivers hands on, practical application. It provides readers with multiple useful templates and tools as well as example on how to build and communicate human resources value to the organization. Readers will be delighted with the limited theory and extensive useful guidelines, tips, tools and resources presented in every chapter. Easy to read and apply, readers will be able to quickly grasp key concepts and approaches to make an immediate and lasting impact on their organizations. FInally, a book that helps HR practitioners understand how to think and act more strategically!