The 5th annual Susquehanna Breakdown will be returning to The Pavilion at Montage Mountain in Scranton, Pennsylvania this year. Set for May 19 and May 20th, those interested in the two-day event should be stoked with the smokin’ line-up that was released earlier today. Greensky Bluegrass will headline the festival with The Wood Brothers and Keller Williams. Scranton-based bluegrass band and festival hosts Cabinet will be treating guests to three solo sets throughout the festival and one set where the band will pair with headliner Keller Williams for Keller & Cabinet.The weekend will also include performances by Turkuaz, Tom Hamilton’s Breakdown All Stars, Billy Strings, The Kitchen Dwellers, Organ Freeman, and more! Tickets are available now via the festival’s website, and you can see the full lineup posted below.
It may be a cliché, but that doesn’t make it any less true: It is lonely at the top. A sense of isolation isn’t just an issue for newly ascendant CEOs whose relationships with their pre-promotion peers have changed. Longtime executives without a network of supportive colleagues or unable to stay connected to those they are tasked with leading face this challenge as well.An advancement that puts someone in charge of his or her former “equals” can spark an array of interpersonal challenges, says Susanne Biro, master coach and co-founder of Syntrina Leadership LLC, Indianapolis, a boutique leadership development firm specializing in working with senior-level leaders and their teams. Perhaps a former peer (or even several) coveted the position, Biro posits, causing resentment, disappointment and jealously towards the one chosen—emotions that can undermine support for the new leader. Or they might have wanted another person to receive the promotion, resulting in the same problematic attitudes. Trying to keep things as they were before the promotion can also cause problems.“Leaders and peers might try to remain friends and fail to recognize the need for a new relationship with new boundaries of what can be discussed, with whom, how and when,” Biro explains. “This can be extremely subtle, but the results can be large.”The speed at which a promotion happens can also contribute to interpersonal issues, says Deedee Myers, Ph.D., CEO of CUESolutions provider DDJ Myers Ltd., a Phoenix-based firm providing executive search/recruitment, strategic organization and leadership consulting services. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Tim Sherwood has urged Ron Vlaar to prove himself again as the Aston Villa skipper prepares for his return. Press Association And Sherwood has put any contract talks on hold with Vlaar in order to focus on keeping Villa in the top flight. “He realises he needs to be playing. I haven’t even bothered speaking to him. There’s time for that when we are safe,” he said. “He is just concentrating on getting fit to play. Without getting on the pitch, he’s not going to be an attractive proposition to anybody.” He played under Louis van Gaal in Brazil and will face his former international boss when Villa travel to Old Trafford on Saturday. The 30-year-old is out of contract in the summer and, having shaken off a calf injury, Villa boss Sherwood wants Vlaar to rediscover his spark. He said: “We all know what he has done over the years but when people are putting their hands in their pockets to fork out money, they want to know they are getting value. “He was right up there with the best at the World Cup but people have short memories. “You are always looking at what people are doing now rather than a few months ago. “He will have far more options open to him if he is in the shop window that’s for sure.” Vlaar has only made 12 Barclays Premier League starts this season following calf and knee problems as Villa, three points above the relegation zone, battle the drop. His last game in February saw him concede a stoppage-time penalty and get sent off as Villa lost 2-1 to Stoke in Sherwood’s first match. Sherwood wants to see the fit-again defender help struggling Villa to a grandstand finish and warned him people may have forgotten his World Cup heroics. Vlaar starred in the Netherlands’ run to the semi finals in Brazil last year – despite missing a penalty in the last four shoot-out against Argentina – leading to links with Manchester United.
… Shastri on mission to keep India at No.1NEW India head coach Ravi Shastri will tomorrow look to prove his team remain the world’s best Test side when they take on Sri Lanka in the first of three matches.Shastri, who took over the demanding role after Anil Kumble’s acrimonious exit last month, has backed India to continue the “fearless brand of cricket” that helped them regain the No.1 position last year from Pakistan.While India lost the Champions Trophy final to their arch-rivals, the Virat Kohli-led side are on a roll after winning 10 of the past 13 Tests, overcoming top sides like New Zealand, England and, narrowly, Australia.“They know their job. They are professional cricketers. Once they step on the field they take over. That is how it should be,” said Shastri, who became head coach after Kumble quit over his “untenable” relationship with Kohli.“My role will be to get the guys (to) express themselves and play (a) fearless brand of cricket,” the former all-rounder added.While India start as overwhelming favourites after the seventh-ranked Sri Lanka scraped past Zimbabwe in a one-off Test last week, Shastri has warned against complacency.“Sri Lanka can’t be taken lightly at home. Their track record playing at home is as good as any other team. We would look to improve in the series,” said the 55-year-old.The visitors have played a two-day warm-up game in Colombo with returning batsman Shikhar Dhawan among the scorers.India could start with three spinners and use left-arm wrist-spinner Kuldeep Yadav with the experienced Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja.Ashwin said Shastri’s presence has always had a “postive influence” on the team, adding that the players were looking to work together with the coach for some amazing results.“Ravi has been a fabulous person to have in the dressing room. Even when he was here last time, we lost that Test in Galle and (he) really picked us up from that low point in our careers,” Ashwin told reporters yesterday.Sri Lanka, whose new Test skipper Dinesh Chandimal has been ruled out after being hospitalised for pneumonia, will need all the experience of stand-in-captain Rangana Herath.The left-arm spinner, who took 11 wickets against Zimbabwe and his 31st five-wicket haul in 81 Tests, is key for Sri Lanka.Sri Lanka’s pace lineup has been bolstered by the return of veteran Nuwan Pradeep, who is likely to start at Galle International Stadium.Dhananjaya de Silva adds muscle to their strong batting arsenal, comprising former captain Angelo Mathews, Upul Tharanga and Niroshan Dickwella.Sri Lanka’s interim coach Nic Pothas said the team should take inspiration from Kohli’s men who overcame a 1-0 deficit to beat the islanders in a three-Test series in 2015.The triumph resurrected India’s fortunes as they registered their first series win in Sri Lanka for 23 years and went on to become the No.1 Test side again a year later.“I think we probably are in the same situation that Virat was talking about the Indian team being in a few years ago. We are in that rebuilding phase,” said Pothas.The South African, who took charge after Graham Ford’s exit last month, added he was focused on changing the team’s culture and unleashing their potential.
Nick Faldo and American legend Tom Watson will make their final Open appearances at St Andrews in July.Faldo, a three-time winner, will be playing in the “major” for the final time on the 25th anniversary of his victory at the course.For Watson, it’ll be forty years since he won the first of five Open titles – which came at Carnoustie in 1975.