Karen Martin, President of TKMG, Inc. & TKMG Academy, Inc. Helps Clients improve business results and build agile enterprises via value stream design, focused management, waste-free operations


In business for 29 years, TKMG, Inc. is known as much for their get-it-done approach as they are for meeting clients where they are and establishing a purposeful pace that matches their needs.

Working with leaders and improvement teams from every continent across the globe who seek a better performance, the firm brings a degree of objectivity that internal teams often lack–and deep expertise surfacing the truth, solving problems of all types, and building internal capabilities. Their work is grounded in Lean Management and focused on helping clients develop sound business practices and achieve significant business performance improvement.

What differentiates TKMG, Inc. from other firms? No junior consultants, no one-size-fits-all approaches, and no misalignment around expectations. They remain partners in a client’s success and are deeply committed to helping them achieve their goals.

Clients include AT&T, Chevron, Intel, Epson, Hallmark, United States Department of Homeland Security, GlaxoSmithKline, Goodwill, Prudential, Mayo Clinic, and many more.

Client Testimonials

“Karen has in-depth knowledge of Lean management. And because she also has extensive experience working as a leader, teacher, and consultant to many companies and institutions, she understands operations and business issues quickly and can discuss them at every level. She can present complex topics in simple and easily understood language. Above all, she is a great problem solver.” Chote S., Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Green Spot Co. Ltd.

“Karen is an innovative and energetic leader who is always looking for new and better ways to meet desired goals. She thinks beyond the norm and employs all methods necessary to get the job done. Creating efficient solutions to challenges is her long suit. Any organization would be well served to retain Karen as a performance improvement consultant.” Roger G., Chairman, Health Net, Inc.

“Karen helped us to align on the biggest issues holding us back and supported the development of a new process to make solving these problems visible to the whole organization. This really accelerated our adoption of lean management and virtually eliminated the infighting that inhibited change. It can be a challenging process for some, but ultimately it helped us break through to a higher level of performance.” Chris W., President/CEO, Weiler Abrasive Group

About TKMG Academy, Inc.Come Learn With Us(TM)

TKMG Academy, is known as the premier online learning partner for upskilling leaders, building capabilities, and improving business performance.

With a growing course library, the TKMG Academy provides comprehensive and up-to-date content from strategic thinking to tactical methods, from leadership development to process design, and from achieving operational excellence to building an army of outstanding problem solvers.

About Karen Martin

In addition to founding TKMG, Inc. and TKMG Academy, Inc. Karen Martin is the author of five business performance improvement books, three of which are award-winning.

Karen’s knowledge and vibrant personality benefits many whether it be through consulting, as a student in TKMG Academy, reading one of the books she authored, attending her popular VIP Zoom sessions, or experiencing a keynote speech. She and her team are the go-to experts to achieve faster delivery, lower costs, create higher quality, increase market share, and build a more appealing work environment to better attract and retain talent.

Keynote Speaker

Karen Martin is known as a highly rated and engaging speaker. She informs her audiences with insights on how best to improve organizational performance and inspires them to create work environments that enable the entire workforce to excel. Audiences leave Karen’s sessions armed with practical how-to’s and motivated to carry out the urgent missions that Karen lays forth.

She offers half and full-day workshops to complement her keynotes and provide participants with a more intimate and hands-on learning experience. The workshops are highly interactive, relying on activities, simulations, and group discussions, to achieve the bulk of the learning. Please contact her to learn more.

Books Authored by Karen Martin

Karen is a two-time Shingo Research Award winning author who’s known for breaking complex content into digestible, practical bites.

Winner of the 2018 Longlist 800-CEO-Read Business Book Award, Clarity First provides methods and insights for achieving clarity to unleash potential, innovate at higher levels, and solve the problems that matter to deliver outstanding business results.

The first of its kind, Value Stream Mapping helps organizations achieve significant performance improvement by delivering better and faster value to customers.

The Outstanding Organization pinpoints why organizations aren’t performing to their fullest potential: chaos, a sneaky but powerful force that frustrates customers, keeps business leaders awake at night, and saps company morale. The book focuses on four foundational behaviors that eliminate chaos: Clarity, Focus, Discipline, and Engagement.

Metrics-Based Process Mapping (MBPM) is a tactical-level, visual mapping approach that enables improvement teams to make effective, data-based decisions to eliminate waste and make work flow.

The Kaizen Event Planner is a practical how-to guide for planning, executing, and sustaining rapid improvements–while also building strong collaboration skills.

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