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Patricia Darke
Patricia Darke, President

Patricia Darke, Registered Corporate Coach™ has passion for the work that she does. This clearly comes through when her clients achieve measureable outcomes that are a result of their work together. With a background in sales leadership, human resources and executive management, Patricia brings a critical cross section of essential skills, knowledge and experience to individuals, teams and organizations.

A recognized Award Winner within the Wiley family of leadership tool and training, Patricia is results focused, process driven and has a bias for action. She believes firmly that “as goes the leader, so goes the organization” and will engage with leaders at each level of the organization to create positive, sustainable change.

Patricia has worked with selection tools for over 20 years and is regarded as a subject matter expert. She is certified in each of the Wiley tools and is a Strategic Business partner for PXT Select®, Everything DiSC®, The Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team® and Profiles International®. She holds additional certifications in Predictive Index® and Mindshop®.

Her work has brought her into relationships with business owners, c-level executives, fortune 500 leaders, managers and human resource professionals. Patricia Darke, RCC™ has worked with most types of organizations and can deliver either in-person or web based. All assessments are delivered in virtual format.

Areas of Focus:

• Selection and Onboarding of the Workforce
• Executive Coaching
• Teambuilding
• Leadership & Management Development
• Employee Retention
• Sales Selection and Performance
• Succession Planning

"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

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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/ Owner Rocket55


  • 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.

    We 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.

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


    PXT Select™ Introduction Video
  • 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!

    As an experienced coach and selection professional, Patricia Darke, RCC™ will provide you with great tools and training to make onboarding your new employees a seamless and easy process for both the organization and the new employee.

    We provide a 30 minute web based training on the virtual delivery system and also show you the various reports that 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.

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  • 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. Patricia Darke RCC ™ has the capability to assist you with leadership selection processes, coaching, development and succession planning.

    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 20 areas of data of the PXT Select® 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. Contact us to learn more at 612.866.0692

  • Selecting and Developing Top Performing Sales People

    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.

    Patricia Darke RCC™ offers her sales background in leadership, tools and training to the organization so you and your employees will have access to premium products & a process allowing for better selection, coaching and development. Our comprehensive solution will help you to improve the overall 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 productivity and retention

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  • 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 learning opportunities for all levels of the managers and leaders within your organization. Some areas we focus are:

    • Coaching for Leaders and Managers
    • Teambuilding
    • Leadership Training and Development
    • Management Training and Development
    • Employee Retention
    • Innovation
    • Delegation
    • Change Management
    • Time Management
    • Sales Selection and Performance
    • Succession Planning

    Contact us to learn more about our in person or web based learning at 612-866-0692

  • Succession Planning

    Darke & Associates can turn the overwhelming task of succession planning 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

    “Building Champions”

    Patricia Darke, Registered Corporate Coach™ has passion for the work that she does. It comes through clearly when her clients create break through strategies and innovation that are a direct result of their work together. With a background in sales, human resources and executive management, Patricia brings a critical cross section of important skills and experience to the coaching experience.

    Patricia uses The D&A Process™ to coach and sustain performance. Patricia can work with your managers and leaders to teach them the D&A Process™ of coaching for maximum results. They will be able to “coach with confidence” within the organization.

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