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About Us

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Patricia Darke, Founder

Darke & Associates LLC is the experienced Human Resources consulting firm 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. We offer a customized targeted solution based approach to your talent needs.

As a trusted organizational development consulting firm, Darke & Associates helps companies achieve tangible, high impact results. We have proven experience and expertise in our offering areas. We also have experience at applying analytics to complex issues like turnover and help organizations to achieve measurable successful outcomes. Our solutions give executives the tools and training they need to help them perform in their business. This ability to effectively address our clients’ most compelling talent strategy needs has paid off, more than 90% of our engagements are from clients or a referral source. We thank you for that! When you work with Darke & Associates, you’re working the firm that business owners and executives trust.

"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

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

Solutions

  • 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 custom-tailored for your organization using "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 info@darkeassociates.com

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

    KEY BENEFITS OF WHAT WE DO:

    • 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

  • 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 info@darkeassociates.com 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 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 info@darkeassociates.com

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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Credentials

  • Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team Authorized Partner
  • Everything DiSC Authorized Partner
  • SHRM member
  • PXT Select Authorized Partner