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Darke & Associates

Darke & Associates is the experienced Human Resources Consulting Firm that businesses rely on to improve their talent strategies and reach their full potential. We are proud to maintain strategic business partnerships with PXT Select®, Everything DiSC® and The Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team.® Leveraging these partnerships, we work with clients across the employee life cycle to enhance the productivity and performance of individuals, teams, and organizations.

As a trusted consulting firm, Darke & Associates helps companies achieve tangible, high impact results. With the ability to deliver a full range of solutions to the organization, we listen and are able to respond to your organizations critical objectives.

Headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, our team consists of experienced consultants that are available to you and your organization. We offer web based assessments, training, management and leadership assessment and development that can be delivered through webinars and/or in-person sessions. We are also available to build a customized program based on organizational need.

Contact us about our new customized extended course offering "Productive Leadership" for the managers and new leaders in your organization !

"Darke + Associates are unique in that the extraordinary value of their services really begins after the assessment – unlike other who just sell a product or tool."
Jay Thomas - President

The Human Side of Selection

Testimonials for Darke & Associates

  • Many companies make claims, but a rare few actually exceed your expectations in every way. We had rapid growth and were troubled when we were stuck with a wrong hire. Once I began using the ProfileXT and Darkes' expert interpretation our need to replace problematic employees has gone to nearly zero saving hundreds of thousands of dollars.

    Steven Ayres Founder/ OwnerRocket55


  • Selection/Hiring Employees

    Every company is unique, which is why Darke & Associates utilizes customized employee selection assessments that business leaders can trust to meet their specific needs.

    We use custom-tailored "best in class" assessment tools that match people with their strengths, we measure factors that will help predict success in specific jobs.

    Our team of experienced consultants will assist you and your organization to put a system in that helps you replicate top performers in a consistent, predictable manner.

    The tools we use in our selection and onboarding assessment process will assist your organization in putting the right person in the right position, allowing them to maximize their potential and use their talent to their fullest capability.

    Contact us at 612.866.0692 or directly to

    Authorized Partner for: PXT Select™, Everything DiSC™, Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team™


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  • Onboarding

    What is your organization doing to maximize onboarding? Did you realize that the statistics are in and onboarding is paying off in a big way. Close to 70% of all employees are likely to stay with a company for three years if they experienced a great onboarding experience. And if this experience is structured, almost 60% of these people will be retained. Organizations with a standardized process experience a 50% greater new hire retention rate!

    We provide you with great tools and training to make onboarding new employee(s) a seamless and easy process for both the organization and the new employee. We provide Coaching Reports, Manager-Employee fit Reports, Team Reports, and Everything DiSC™ Reports, to make this a positive and enjoyable experience for the organization and individual. Contact us at 612.866.0692 or email us at

  • Developing Managers

    Data shows that leaders and new employees have gotten most of the training and development dollars in recent years and yet, middle managers play a critical role in the ultimate ability of a company to achieve its strategic goals. “Middle managers receive fewer resources, manage more people, and are less engaged than all other employee groups,” according to a Bersin & Associates study on middle managers.
    Darke & Associates provides the management development tools, programs and training to help you assess your managers’ strengths and skills while identifying areas where they need additional support. We engage your managers in a group or individual session to help them learn more about their management style including these personal strength areas, challenges that they face as managers and how to adapt to meet the needs of direct reports — making them more effective as managers. By nurturing and developing strong manager, your entire team benefits.

    Contact us at 612-866-0692

  • Selecting and Developing Leaders

    Darke & Associates offers “best in class” leadership solutions for individuals and groups with both the emerging leader and the more veteran leader in mind. We integrate with your strategy and your culture by taking the time to understand your organization and your people. With our experienced consultant team and network, we have the capability to assist you with leadership selection processes, development and training.

    Our tools can be used from the front end of selection to onboarding and development of mid level and top level leaders. We combine the hard data of the Profile XT® with the Everything DiSC® Work of Leaders to obtain a full view approach to the Leader. For Leadership Review, we offer two excellent 360 tools.

  • Selecting and Developing Top Performing Sales People

    Putting the right people in the right positions is overwhelmingly viewed as one of the most important factors to improve sales performance and overall sales force effectiveness. In fact, the ability to have the right people in the right positions is much more likely to impact sales results than other talent-related dimensions of sales effectiveness analyzed, including recruitment and retention.

    With our tools and training, organizations have access to premium sales tools and training, allowing for better selection, training and review. Our comprehensive solutions help you to improve the performance of your sales people.


    • Improve selection process
    • Precisely target developmental needs
    • Enable more effective coaching and communication
    • Align sales priorities
    • Increase sales effectiveness
    • Improve sales relationships
    • Improve productivity and retention

    Contact us at 612-866-0692 or for more information.

  • Teambuilding

    Team members share common goals as well as the rewards and responsibilities for achieving them. Darke & Associates works with proven tools and methodologies to help move the team performance to a new level. Contact us at 612.866.0692 or to learn more.

    We will help you how to:
    • Capitalize on individual strengths for team performance
    • Match individual strengths with team roles
    • Build team unity & understand conflict
    • Shorten project cycles
    • Facilitate team cohesiveness
    • Build trust
    • Increase Communication
    • Establish personal responsibility and accountability
    • Focus on Results

    Authorized Partner and Certified Trainer for: PXT Select™, Everything DiSC™, Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team™

  • Employee Retention

    In this competitive talent marketplace, employers are most concerned with retaining their good employees. In fact, a recent study by Kronos and Workplace found that 87% of employers said that improving retention is a critical priority for their organization. A key retention strategy is to provide development opportunities for all employees.

    Darke & Associates can assist your organization with employee retention. We can directly provide them with learning opportunities from the front line employee to the leadership level or we can work with your internal Training and Development team to give them the tools, and training they need.

    In addition, we offer certification programs for your internal team. Contact us at 612-866-0692 to learn more.

  • Succession Planning

    For many businesses succession planning can be extremely challenging. Darke & Associates can turn an overwhelming task into a great opportunity to cultivate a multi-generational ownership strategy with our comprehensive succession planning services.

    Utilizing different tools, we are able to measure leadership skills and competencies. We then help you plan your workforce by giving you a system that makes your job easier, not more difficult. When a succession plan in place your company can avoid the confusion and anxiety that is inherent with any change in management.

    Contact us to learn more about how we can make succession planning a systematic simple process for your organization. Learn more: 612-866-0692 or

  • Coaching

    Coaching brings a positive shift in culture from command and control to collaboration and creativity. It closes gaps between generations and encourages progress. Leadership gains in strength. Communication is improved, listening is perfected. There is a proven return on investment with coaching.

    If you are interested in a customized coaching plan for you or your organization, please contact us at 612.866.0692 or

Featured Skills

  • Talent Management Strategy
  • Leadership Selection and Development
  • Succession Planning
  • Teambuilding
  • Employee Selection and Onboarding
  • Employee Retention Strategies
  • Coaching
  • Sales and Sales Management
  • Training and Development
  • Developing Managers
    • March
    • Hired As sales manager
    • Great resume
    • Impressive background
    • Interviewed extremely well
    • Seemed like a good team player
    • July
    • Discovered
    • Prefers working alone
    • Isn't concerned with performance of others
    • Slow and inaccurate working with numbers and data
    • March
    • Hired As sales manager
    • Great resume
    • Impressive background
    • Interviewed extremely well
    • Seemed like a good team player
    • July
    • Discovered
    • Prefers working alone
    • Isn't concerned with performance of others
    • Slow and inaccurate working with numbers and data
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  • Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team Authorized Partner
  • Everything DiSC Authorized Partner
  • SHRM member
  • PXT Select Authorized Partner