appreciate your response. Not sure I understand it and hope to learn from you.
Dave Ulrich

Appreciate continuing the discussion.

Allow me to build on what we agree, even though some of the statements below are axioms.

I think we agree that the primary goal of everyone in the business is to make the business succeed.

I think we also agree that HR is in the business. Like everyone else.

At this point, before I go to the next step, since you asked, let me outline my ‘agenda.’ To make the business succeed.

I think we are discussing how HR professionals feel while they are in the business. Many HR professionals have always felt that they are central to the business. Others have not.

My point is that the perpetual existence, re-incarnation and re-examination of the question, “How can HR have a seat at the table?” has not helped HR professionals in assuming centrality to the business.

I understand your point that ‘seat at the table’ is a metaphor. Respectfully, I think, it is an inappropriate metaphor. Hence, not a metaphor. ‘Seat at the table’ has status connotations, while making a business successful has outcome connotations. ‘Seat at the table’ leads to ‘invited/not invited’ mindsets which, then, by definition puts you at the mercy of ‘someone else’. Who is that ‘someone else’ when we are all ‘in’ the business?

Being at or not at the ‘seat’ has created insecurity in HR professionals. The ‘metaphor’ transformed into a question, “Does HR have a seat at the table?” has turned into a self-fulfilling prophesy for many who just believe that they don’t and will never have a ‘seat at the table.’

We are both committed to making a business successful and we are both confident and positive about the central role of HR.

I just advocate that let us stop doubting this fact.

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