Mindfulness, clarity and lean management

Key drivers for enabling excellence
Monday, Nov. 4 Location Code
8:00am-12:00pm Regency Ballroom C, West Tower, Ballroom Level MW/12

In today’s fast-paced, pressure-filled work environment, leaders, improvement professionals, and individual contributors must find new ways to operate more effectively. The quality of our attention and our ability to quickly and clearly grasp current conditions is a key to not only surviving, but thriving.


Through cultivating mindfulness, we begin to understand and utilize our mind’s potential. We begin operating with greater clarity and focus, which makes us more collaborative, more innovative, more emotionally intelligent, and more aware of our actions and their consequences. In addition, our quality of life improves, bringing better health as well as harmony in our relationships. Nearly every principle and practice in the lean management system is designed to cultivate greater clarity and focus, creating a powerful means to run an organization in a more mindful fashion. The result? Deeply fulfilled employees, loyal customers, happy investors, and leaders who can sleep at night. This engaging and interactive workshop includes business-relevant examples and techniques for integrating mindfulness into daily work and life. Attendees will learn:

  • The neuroscience behind mindfulness
  • Two proven practices for mastering your mind
  • How to hit the real-time pause button and step back, to meet challenges with greater clarity and focus
  • How organizations are using mindfulness as a competitive advantage
  • A deeper application of lean management that integrates mindfulness into five key practices that enable your organization to achieve faster and deeper performance improvement.

TKMG, Inc. (formerly The Karen Martin Group, Inc.) is a global consulting firm that provides lean transformation and business performance improvement support to industry, government, and the not-for-profit sector. TKMG provides full lean transformation guidance and support, as well as shorter engagements that center on building strong lean management practices (lean leadership, strategy deployment, daily management) and building strong capabilities in problem-solving and process/operations design and management. www.tkmg.com

Presenter: Karen Martin / Elizabeth Prather

Karen Martin is president of TKMG, Inc, a global consulting firm that specializes in lean management, operational excellence, and business performance improvement in all industries and government. Karen is a recognized lean educator and improvement thought leader, and is the author of five business performance books, including two Shingo Award-winning books, "The Outstanding Organization" and "Value Stream Mapping." Her latest book, "Clarity First," was a finalist in 800-CEO-READ's 2018 Business Book Awards. 

Elizabeth Prather has 15+ years of proven experience in leadership and business management, operations design, and the practice of mindfulness. Her research-based mindfulness programs deliver powerful, practical tools and strategies that boost individual and organizational performance. Mindfulness development is easily integrated into an organization’s transformation journey and is often a necessary foundation to accelerate and deepen business results. Elizabeth's programs are designed to meet specific business objectives and improve corporate culture while enhancing individual well-being.