Stephen Kiernan. The Coach who helps small teams do Big things



Stephen Kiernan is an Author and Speaker from Dublin, Ireland.

With a deep curiosity as to how some people achieve greatly while others fall short of their given potential. Stephen set out to find answers by interviewing over 60 ordinary people who have achieved extraordinary things. The results can be found in his debut book 'Brilliant Mondays'.

I'll now encourage you to scroll down and find out more about the book Brilliant Mondays and how Stephen can help inspire your people.

Stephen giving a light-hearted Induction talk to new students at the Athlone Institute of Technology

Speaking services

1. Brilliant MOndays - The Talk 

Duration  70min

Drawing on material from Stephen's book, Brilliant Mondays 'The Talk' is designed to inspire, entertain and move the audience away from a fixed mindset towards a more empowering growth mindset.


Through the vehicle of storytelling, Stephen gives powerful examples that compel the audience to believe in themselves and their ability to grow and succeed if they just try.

This talk always follows the same structure as the book - with Stephen highlighting each of the four main principles he found his interviewees had in common:


Vision - Planning & Strategy - Resilience - Continuous Improvement

Each principle is brought to life by a story from the book.

This talk is ideal for Company Training Days, Corporate Functions, College Students, Sports teams, Sales Teams and Transition Year Groups.

Please click on the Testimonials tab to see what others have said about Stephen as a speaker.

Resilience - The Story of Nando Parrado. A short film created and narrated by Stephen.

2. The Kaizen Zone

Duration - 60 min

What is Kaizen?

Kaizen is a Japanese business philosophy that encourages slow and sustainable continuous improvement. Kaizen translates to change for the better. However, the expectation for change is never radical, but rather for small and consistent change which ironically leads to radical improvements over time.

Delivered by?

The Kaizen Zone talk is designed and delivered by Stephen Kiernan (Author of Brilliant Mondays – How ordinary people achieve extraordinary things).

The main tool for teaching Kaizen is storytelling. Stories that demonstrate how over a long period of time a person can make huge strides forward without feeling too stressed or overwhelmed.

It’s the perfect strategy for staff members facing the emotional demands of the job. The core of the talk is built upon four inspiring stories, followed by encouragement and instruction as to how best to apply Kaizen to their goals.

More about the talk

We all want to grow and change and evolve. We’re wired for this. But the mistake we often make is trying to change too much too soon. The Kaizen Zone approach is much more practical and applicable. It encourages us to push out of our comfort zone, but not so far that we enter the dreaded panic zone and feel like running for the hills. The Japanese people used Kaizen to go from a decimated post ww2 economy to world leaders in the Automobile and Electronic industries by the late 1970’s.


What they will leave the talk having learned

It’s possible to achieve extraordinary things by consistently taking the time to reflect on our actions and find small improvements.

Examples of small questions that can reveal small improvements.

They will hear inspiring stories that will encourage them to believe in themselves and create the desire to put this technique into action.

A visual aid (the Kaizen zone concentric circles) which will help them to be clear on where exactly they are in terms of their performance.

The Comfort Zone : The day to day things we are familiar with and can do with relative ease. It is as the title would suggest a comfortable place to be, however, it eventually leads to stagnation, frustration and a loss of potential. But sadly, in the minds of most, the only other choice is to jump in to the panic zone (a terrifying thought). This is not an option that inspires much action.


The Panic Zone : Out of our depth and every cell of our body knows it. We naturally avoid this zone at all costs. Most people only enter the panic zone when absolutely forced to. Thankfully we have another option.


The Kaizen Zone : Just beyond the comfort zone. Requires all our focus and concentration to get right. Urges us to reflect and make small, but continuous improvements. The Kaizen zone is the sweet spot where true mastery is achieved. It leads us to sustainable and fulfilling growth. It takes us into the flow of deep work and almost all high achievers will tell stories of slowly forging their skills and reputation.


The Kaizen Zone circles is a diagram designed to give people a visual to really contextualise the idea of continuous improvement, how it would look, and how to gauge where we are. It takes the idea of continuous improvement away from being an interesting abstract notion toward a clear mental picture that we can use to help us believe in and implement continuous improvement into the most important areas of our life.


Staff members will be encouraged to spend as much time within the Kaizen zone as possible.


Stephen also facilitates workshops under the Brilliant Mondays & Kaizen Zone tiles.

For more information please click on the workshops button below.

The Brilliant Mondays Workshop 

The Kaizen Zone Workshop 

Duration 3 Hours

3. Pep Talk

Setting the tone and pointing the crew in the right direction at the beginning of a major undertaking can be critical in defining the standards and the culture that is fostered by the group going forward. And of course - the outcome.

Set minds at ease and hearts full of hope with a pep talk from Stephen.

A tailored talk/workshop can be the perfect way to clarify the Vision and ensure everyone is headed in the same direction. 

This type of talk is ideal for the Beginning a New Project - A New Season - A New College Year - Training New Recruits - Helping existing staff to look at a given situation with new eyes and renewed optimism.

Whatever your reason for a pep talk. Please feel free to give Stephen a shout to see what options are available and if a talk can be tailored for your needs.

Brilliant Mondays

Stephen speaking about Resilience at St. Columba's College Rathfarnham.


170 Edmondstown Road


Dublin 16


Tel: 0879044368

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