I'm a bit afraid to post as an HR person. After a reading a few posts and hearing a few casts, I'm getting the sense that HR isn't regarded as a true business partner by this crowd (to put it mildly). Its too bad, but it wouldn't be the first time.
About me, I have an MBA, I'm a high D with some C at work, a high D with some I at home, but a D an way you slice it.
I'm an HR Manager for an engineering company. I was a programmer, then a technical recruiter, then a generalist, now a Regional Manager.
When an office in my region has real issues, I try to come with a coaching mentality, not just a hammer and a stack of disciplinary notices, so MT is a great resource for me and I've been using some of these concepts for a few months now with great success. If more managers communicated in an MT manner and didn't run away from conflict and personnel issues, I would have more time to focus on bigger picture items that help all employees so that is the change I'm trying to bring about.
Just as a note, I'm truly interested in what value HR does bring (or potentially could bring) to managers everywhere. I hear a lot in my industry about a HR executives getting a seat at the table, but I don't really hear tangible ways that the on-the ground-HR managers can be the best possible resource for managers. Maybe I should post this on another section of the boards, but if you have any input on this subject, I'd love to hear it.