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Adele's Emotional Restart To Grammy Performance

By Kris Deichler, Mentorship Coach, Lighthouse International

British singer Adele had a triumphant night at the 2017 Grammy Awards, picking up 5 awards in total, including Album of the Year to top off a highly successful 12 months. However, it was her vulnerability in making a mistake at the start of her second stage performance of the night that gained her wild cheers and support from the crowd; including standing ovations from people like John Legend, Rihanna and Jennifer Lopez.

The singer had to stop her rendition of the late George Michael's song, 'Fast Love', early when it got off to a shaky start and resulted in her inadvertently swearing on live TV. When cameras revealed in a close-up that she was fighting back tears, she received even more applause. Speaking live on stage she said:

“I’m sorry for swearing, and I’m sorry for starting again. Can we please start it again? I’m sorry, I can’t mess this up for him.”

Later, when receiving another award, she thanked the crowd for their care, saying:

“Thank you very much. Thank you. First of all, I really do apologise for swearing... George Michael, I love him, he means a lot to me. So I’m really sorry if I offended anyone anywhere.”

In a world where many perceive to demand perfection and flawlessness, it's touching and humbling to see that someone so talented and highly regarded is only human and makes mistakes too, just like any of us. It's a reminder that honesty in embracing and using mistakes, to improve from them, is what makes people great in the first place - not the fact that they never make them. I'm sure many of us would agree that we respect someone far more when they don't try to hide their faults and flaws, but openly display them with humility. To read more on this story in Vanity Fair click here...

Click here to read about the honesty and vulnerability Adele showed in developing her new album, 25, and what that said about her most important relationship of all...

UN Humanitarian Representative Warns of Severe Droughts In Four Countries

By Asif Valiji, Associate Partner & Mentorship Coach, Lighthouse International

In 2016, according to U.N. reports, a total of $22.1 billion was received from donors globally to address issues of hunger and vulnerability; but it's simply not enough to deal with the escalating issue.

$22.2 billion has been requested for 2017 to address the increasing issues of famine in countries like South Sudan, Yemen, Ethiopia and Kenya. Not only do experts warn that these countries have an impending humanitarian disaster looming this year - an issue to the scale of Somalia in 2011, but also the access of aid to areas in desperate need of support is limited due to war in these countries.

According to Mark Goldring, the CEO of Oxfam, the aid model is outdated and in need of reform. He said:

“If we look back over the last 20 years, funds have increased sixfold, so within that there is a positive story that we are reaching many of the people in need”... “But neither the funding nor the capacity is enough.” 

He added that:

“We can’t carry on relying on individual appeal after appeal, because they are time-bound and partial – they play to what’s in the news.”

To read more about this issue click here...

As Mr Goldring has said, we need to find new solutions to the chronic problems in our world. We are looking to provide solutions and opportunities to people who genuinely want to make a difference in the world by being part of a pioneering network, bringing like-minded people, resources and ideas together.

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Liverpool Player Adam Lallana Appreciates Captain Jordan Henderson's Role In Clear The Air Meeting

By Jatinder Singh, Associate Partner & Mentorship Coach, Lighthouse International

After a rocky start to 2017 without a single win, Liverpool Football Club returned to winning ways by beating Tottenham Hotspur over the weekend in the Premier League. A key part of this win was a "clear the air" meeting instigated by the captain Jordan Henderson. His team-mate Adam Lallana spoke about the impact this meeting had on the team and why the players appreciated Mr Henderson's lead in organising it, and how it benefited the whole team:

“It was the team captain who got us together. He wanted it to happen. We knew as players we had to take responsibility. It was up to us to respond. The manager can say as much as he likes and tell us what he wants us to do and what attitude he wants us to have, but we have to do it. Credit to Jordan for calling the meeting, credit to everyone for participating and credit to everyone for performing. It wasn’t just him who spoke, the senior players spoke, the non-senior players, everyone. It was good and refreshing.

As long as it is not personal, just purely professional, there is no harm reminding each other what we need and what we want from each other. It was very open and I came out of that meeting knowing that every one of those players is together and intent on turning things around. There was a sense of everyone coming together.” 

Adam Lallana makes a number of powerful points here which helps explain how a negative situation could be turned into an opportunity. Firstly, Jordan Henderson took responsibility for their situation rather than leaving it to the manager to sort out. This then helped other players to take responsibility for their part. If we aren't willing to take responsibility, then we can never be fully invested in coming up with solutions to the situation.

Secondly, they had a very candid meeting where things that needed to be said about standards were openly discussed, in a way that wasn't a personal criticism of anyone. Holding people to standards is affirming to them, not negative. However, many conversations that need to take place between people are often neglected because of the fear of potential conflict. This example shows how, if people aren't looking to blame others and want to genuinely help each other through candid conversation, a really positive outcome for all can be created. Read the full story at the Telegraph here...

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