Karen Martin on Leaving Her Corporate Job to Go Solo and the Arrogance of Certainty

Karen Martin on Leaving Her Corporate Job to Go Solo and the Arrogance of Certainty

Joining me for Episode #22 of the “My Favorite Mistake” podcast is Karen Martin, President of TKMG, and Founder and President of TKMG Academy. She is the author of many books including The Outstanding Organization and Clarity First.

Today, we talk about Karen's “favorite mistake” of leaving a corporate job to go solo. Why was it a mistake to want the VP title so badly? Why did it seem like a mistake (to her or to others) for her to leave? We also have a great conversation about how to create a culture in a company where it's safe to talk about (and learn from) mistakes.

I also love this quote and you'll have to listen (or read the transcript) to get the context:

“So I think of certainty as being a form of arrogance because we can't actually ever be certain…”

Karen Martin

You can listen to or watch the episode below. A transcript also follows lower on this page.

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So I think of certainty as being a form of arrogance because we can't actually ever be certain

"I feel like I made the mistake of leaving when I did, once they went public, but then I realized, you know, it's really not ultimately about money."

"The clarity of knowing the truth about a situation is quite liberating."

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Automated Transcript (May Contain Mistakes)


Mark Graban is an internationally-recognized consultant, author, and professional speaker who has worked in healthcare, manufacturing, and startups. His latest book is Measures of Success: React Less, Lead Better, Improve More. He is author of the Shingo Award-winning books Lean Hospitals and Healthcare Kaizen, as well as The Executive Guide to Healthcare Kaizen. He also published the anthology Practicing Lean that benefits the Louise H. Batz Patient Safety Foundation, where Mark is a board member. Mark is also a Senior Advisor to the technology company KaiNexus. He is also a Senior Advisor and Director of Strategic Marketing with the healthcare advisory firm, Value Capture.