The good news about leadership styles…

Up to the 1950s, the fledgling studies on leadership theory looked mainly the leader herself – specifically defining various types of leaders. You had the autocratic leader, the democratic leader, the laissez-faire leader, and the charismatic leader. Then in 1964 Robert Blake and Jane Mouton moved the discussion to an area where it began to focus more on the follower. You can see their creation below – the Blake-Mouton grid – which plots two measurements of leadership against each other on different axes to produce 5 styles of leadership. Leaders will differ on whether the concern for their team members or the concern for results is more important, and I’m sure we can all think of leaders we have encountered who land at various points on the grid above. Two successful sporting managers come to my mind when looking at this graph however. Dublin GAA and Liverpool FC are currently not only two slick and successful sporting teams, but also

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Elton vs Tina

At some point in the late 1990s Elton John and Tina Turner decided to get together and perform a couple of songs for a big event called VH1 Divas Live. Elton’s band got to rehearsals a couple of days early and tried a few things out with Tina. When the man himself arrived, his band warned him that this was going to be a difficult gig. He soon found out what they meant. Proud Mary was the first song they tried. Tina stopped the song after about 30 seconds and pointed at the bass player in the band, accusing him of not knowing the song. A brief discussion followed, and they tried again. And 30 seconds in Tina stopped the band again. This time she turned to the drummer and accused him of not knowing the song. Again they tried to figure out what the problem was and again they started the song. This pattern continued, much to Elton’s displeasure,

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New collaboration with The Sligo Champion…

8 weeks (and 2 days) to go until Theme Night #26 in Vicar St. And the kind people in The Sligo Champion have asked me to write an article in their wonderful newspaper each week for the next 8 weeks with some behind the scenes information, a big competition, and maybe even some sneak peeks at the setlist, The newspaper comes out on a Tuesday, but for anyone out there in Sligo who don’t buy it, or for anyone reading from afar, I will publish each article as a blog on a Tuesday evening for the next while. So here’s what I wrote in today’s paper… Hello everyone. I’m delighted to say that I’ll be writing about the preparation for Theme Night #26 each week for the next 8 weeks exclusively for The Sligo Champion. This time we’re heading back to Vicar St, where many of you joined us on what was an amazing night for Theme Night #22 last

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New structure to the blog…

So 10 days ago I signed off from this blog… But as a colleague said to me last week – ‘you’re not gone at all’! – And she was right – I ended up publishing 3 blogs last week, and today I’m back with a new plan. It’s amazing what a little bit of time, space and thought can do – I’d recommend it to anyone. I’d firstly like to let you all know that I won’t now be writing a blog every day. It was something this man recommended to me, something I wanted to try, and something that worked for me for a long time. And indeed I may return to it some day, but for now I have a new plan that I hope will work a little bit better. So you can expect blogs to be published consistently on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, and possibly other days also depending on what each week brings. I plan

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The long ruse…

As a friend said to me yesterday…the long ruse is always best. And it was great fun planning it and seeing it come off – the highlight of Theme Night #25 for me no doubt. I blogged about my version of events here a few weeks ago. But now we can hear the other side of the story – how Kendy himself was feeling about the whole escapade as it unfolded. It features on this week’s episode of The Kendy and Raybo Podcast and you can hear it here – from 7:30 or so. Or do what I did and listen to the whole podcast, and then follow them! It’s excellent – a nice mixture of off-the-cuff comedy and great set-pieces and will brighten up even the best of days with some good belly laughs.

All videos from Theme Night #25 now up…

Thanks as always to Kris, Dominika and Iga from KDM Video-Photo Production for their work in producing almost 40 videos in double quick time! You can see videos of all the performances here… Or just enjoy Georgie Gorman’s memorable version of the early Bee Gees hit The First Of May.

Anyone looking for piano lessons?

Some slots have unexpectedly come free, so if you are interested in learning to play piano, improving your existing piano skills, or looking to understand music a bit better, read on. Right now I have availability after school on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, and I’m looking mainly for secondary school students, but possibly late primary school or adults too. If you’re not sure if my lessons are the right fit for you (or your child), you can read more about my thoughts on teaching piano in a blog I published last July here. If you’re interested or would like more details, please contact me at kieran@kieranquinn.ie The sooner the better…

Signing off…for now…

I heard an interview on the Second Captains podcast earlier this week with one of the best rugby players in Ireland right now – Andrew Conway. He was discussing his current good form, and why his game is in such a healthy state right now, and he spoke of a journal which he kept. In this journal he kept details of his nutrition, sleep, recovery, training, mood, and other variables and when he looked back at it he realised that when he was consistently getting these things right, his form on the field was usually good too. Then came the part which really rang a bell with me. He said he used to fill this journal out 7 days a week, even on his days off, but it started to feel like a chore, and so now he does it just on the days on which he trains. Still 5 days a week, but he finds it a lot more

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Vicar St 2020!

A lot of people have ben asking me for information regarding this night – so here is all you need to know… Firstly a short behind the scenes video from last year’s never-to-be-forgotten trip. Thanks to theme night regular Rory Maitland for this. So – the show (Theme Night #26) will take place on Thursday April 23rd in Vicar St. The theme is ‘Ireland in Song’ – and we intend to celebrate our wonderful country’s rich musical heritage in the unique theme night way. We will be covering all genres from Mary Black to Micheál O’Suilleabháin, and from Thin Lizzy to The Pogues. It’s no ordinary gig – we will be bringing over 70 musicians to Dublin, and in order to make this happen we need your help. In this regard we are offering VIP tickets and corporate packages, where for a little extra, you or your company can not only make a valuable contribution towards the event itself, but

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Libraries

One thing of which we are very aware in the Theme Nights is to document them as they happen. Kris and Dominika Manulak are invaluable in this regard and have been with us since the early days in Source taking photos and recording the performances. Here is an example of their work – Paddy Keyes’ beautiful Theme Night debut from last Friday. You can find the regularly updating playlist of videos from Theme Night #25 here. 12 videos are up so far and more will be added daily over the next while. Complete playlists from Theme Nights #21-#24 are available on YouTube and we are working hard to update the libraries of other theme nights and will bring them to you as soon as possible.