The Work-Life Take Away: Adele & the Grammys

 Adele Austin, Texas 11/4/2016 Photo credit:  ER Wittig

Adele Austin, Texas 11/4/2016 Photo credit:  ER Wittig

After seeing Adele live last November, I was excited about her Grammy Awards performance. She is a talented artist, as were so many others in the audience.  Despite that, she stopped and re-started her George Michael tribute. And, after winning the Grammy for Album of the Year, Adele didn't bask in the win. No, she recognized and praised another talented artist, Beyoncé. Watching this all unfold, I discovered four work-life takeaways I wanted to share with all of you young professionals.

1. Recognize others

Our success is rarely based on our actions alone. Adele made that clear.  Yes, our name may be on it,  but part of our success can usually be attributed to others. We may be talented, but we rely on them to make us so. Be sure to recognize those that coach, lead and inspire you during your career.

2. Acknowledge your mistakes

Things aren’t always perfect, especially when we have high expectations. Every project, presentation or sales call isn’t always going to go well. It’s okay to stop and start over. Don’t let mistakes or a failed approach trip you up. It shows strength and resilience to stop, regroup and make it right. It’s not the end of the world whether you’re performing for the world or just for those in your own little world.

I once stopped and restarted a face-to-face interview I flew across the country for. I had a bad start, flubbing the first question and into the second. Rather than continue, I told myself, you are better than this. So, I admitted that my answers were not good, and asked the interviewer, “May we start over? This isn’t my best.” He said yes. I did, mentioning my fumble at the end. I got the job.

3. Do things that matter

Adele was passionate about the George Michael tribute. It mattered. We may not have an opportunity to follow our passion in our day-to-day job. If that’s the case, challenge your thinking. If your job doesn’t offer an outlet, find something that’s near and dear to your heart that does. Work-life balance isn't just about how many hours you work at your day job. It's also about doing what makes you happy and fulfilled away from it. Sadly, that's not always your career.

4. Listen to the noise

Beyoncé didn’t win, Adele won instead. People are questioning how that happened and challenging the outcome. I love Lemonade. I love Beyoncé. When something doesn't go well in your world, listen to the noise. Ask if the noise reflects a problem with process, performance, or <fill in the blank>. Once you are open to feedback you can decipher the noise and do something about it, or make peace with it.

So, those are my takeaways (except for the fifth which is not wearing Cee Lo Green's gold ensemble to work). Props though for wearing it at that venue. Roz Usheroff has some good points in The Show Must Go On: What You Can Learn from Adele About Facing Your Mistakes.

Can you think of any other work-life takeaways? Does there come a point where this is a problem? Please share your comments.

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