Christopher Walken Thanks B’way Behanding for Captain Hook Prep

first_img View Comments When Christopher Walken takes on the iconic role of Captain Hook in NBC’s production of Peter Pan Live!, he can thank his most recent Broadway role as preparation for playing the one-handed menace. “I did a play where I was a guy with one hand—that’s one of the reasons why they thought of me for this,” Walken said about his performance in Martin McDonagh’s A Behanding in Spokane in 2010. “You know [playing a one-handed character] took some getting used to because you have to hide your elbow; otherwise, it looks like you’ve got one arm way too long. Maybe I had a little training for [playing Hook].” As for Walken’s tendency to play villains, the Oscar winner said, “ I play bad guys because that’s the parts they offer me.” He called the character of Captain Hook “crazy,” but quickly added, “Jerry Lewis is crazy and so is Charles Manson, so it’s different. I think Hook is complicated. He’s troubled. He’s got a lot of issues. Hook’s a fascinating character.” Walken said it would be “great” to return to Broadway, but he has no immediate plans to do so. Right now, he’s concentrating on rehearsals for the NBC special, starring Allison Williams in the title role, which airs on December 4. last_img read more

Six characteristics of successful young leaders

first_imgIt is a great time for credit union young professionals (YP) in pursuit of growth and leadership.For one, there is an incredible amount of development, recognition and networking programs out there for credit union YPs, including: the CU Times and their Trailblazer program, CU Magazine and their Rock Star recognitions, CUNA and their affiliated Marketing Councils, and CUNA in partnership with the Cooperative Trust. In addition, all the YP workshops and conferences hosted and supported every year by trade organizations and other organizations including NAFCU, WOCCU, Filene Research and CUES, to name a few (and many others I didn’t list!).There is also a clear and intentional focus from the current credit union leadership to develop the next generation of leaders. And all of this is in support of a movement that is mission-focused and filled with a large group of passionate individuals who love cooperative finance.And at the same time all of this is occurring, two more critical events are creating additional opportunity for the aspiring young leader:Current leadership retirement – Credit union CEO’s and senior managers are retiring at a fast pace after a lifetime of leadership service. Only a simple search on Google for “Retiring credit union CEOs” is needed to tell the story. This trend is opening up opportunities all along the leadership chain for eager and capable young professionals.Chart overhaul – As the credit union merger trend continues, new opportunities and positions will present themselves as departments and chains of command evolve to incorporate new staffing and skillsets. Less focus will be placed on the tenure of an employee and more on their capability.So the question IS NOT whether leadership opportunities will be available, the question is WHICH young leaders will be chosen for those opportunities, and WHY?I’ve been blessed to work with a large amount of young professionals through speaking, consulting and my time working in credit unions. And I have found a common set of characteristics that seem to be embodied by those who are chosen for leadership as young professionals.Their names are different, and their work is, too. But the characteristics that they embody typically are not.Here are six characteristics that you will find in many of the successful young professionals who will be called upon to lead the credit union movement forward:Young leaders are humble – Humility is the most priceless asset for young professionals. Frankly, we don’t know what we don’t know. The problem is that we are missing two crucial resources needed for leadership: experience and wisdom. Humility helps the young professional navigate blunders and acts as a buffer for them. When I reflect back on my largest career blunders, I can usually trace them back to an arrogant or prideful approach I took to the situation. Oversight is often done from the pedestal of pride. We all will make mistakes, but the young professional who makes them with pride and arrogance, falls harder from the pedestal and finds little grace from those around.Young leaders speak well of others – When we create a habit of talking negatively about others, it undermines our ability to lead. Young leaders speak highly of all. Nobody trusts a workplace gossiper – not even their closest colleagues. When we speak well of those who are not in front of us, we build trust with those who are.Young leaders have positive attitudes – There is a direct relationship between success and a positive attitude. Extensive research has been done on this correlation. People literally can only achieve what they think they are capable of achieving. The optimistic young leader can navigate frustrating situations knowing that they are transient, situational and specific. But the negative and pessimistic young professional can be faced with the same exact situation and give up –falsely believing that the situation is personal to them, permanent and pervasive.Young leaders pursue mentors – Young leaders intentionally pursue two types of mentors: Those who have done what they want to do, and those who embody who they want to become. They seek out conversations and ask for advice, feedback and guidance. They express their gratitude often.Young leaders express gratitude – Gratitude has a crazy ROI. We are never the sole reason for our success. Successful young leaders focus on acknowledging those around them who have helped them along their path. They express this gratitude often and freely. They share with their mentors when they have used tools and lessons that they have learned from them. They practice “random acts of gratitude.” As a result, their mentors invest even more in them growing them and propelling them further past their peers.Young leaders leverage the Feedback Loop – Successful young leaders leverage the four steps of the Feed Back Loop: (1) Ask for, (2) Act on, (3) Report Back, (4) Repeat. By using this process, the young leader gains valuable and ongoing perspective from the point of view of others. The Feedback Loop also helps YPs build advocacy with those they seek feedback from. 123SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Josh Allison Josh Allison is the founder and Chief Ideator for Think Café and a Senior Consultant for FI-Strategies, LLC. He has spoken and worked with organizations from Hawaii to New York … Web: www.fi-strategies.com Detailslast_img read more

The Latest: Japanese TV says Abe to ask for 1-year delay

first_imgThe Latest: Japanese TV says Abe to ask for 1-year delay March 24, 2020 Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Japan’s NHK public television says Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will propose a one-year postponement for the Tokyo Olympics during talks with IOC President Thomas Bach. The Champions Cup and second-tier Challenge Cup had already suspended the quarterfinals scheduled for next month. Now the semifinals on May 1-3 and the finals in Marseille set for May 22-23 are off.EPCR says it “remains committed to completing the 2019-20 Heineken Champions Cup and Challenge Cup season.”___The Tokyo Olympic torch relay will start Thursday as planned in northeastern Fukushima prefecture but with no torch, no torchbearers and no public because of the coronavirus outbreak.There will be an Olympic flame carried in a lantern and transported by a vehicle along what organizers hope will be empty roadsides.center_img Abe says a postponement is unavoidable if the 2020 Games cannot be held in a complete manner amid the coronavirus pandemic.Abe held telephone talks with Bach after IOC said it would make a decision on the Tokyo Games over the next four weeks.___The European club rugby finals in May have been suspended because of the coronavirus outbreak.Governing body European Professional Club Rugby announced the decision a day after a conference call by the board. The Tokyo Games and the relay have been caught in limbo since International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach said four weeks were needed to decide on an inevitable postponement of the planned opening on July 24. He has ruled out a cancellation.___Australian soccer’s A-League has suspended its season indefinitely because of the coronavirus outbreak.That brings an end to all professional football competitions in Australia and New Zealand.Football Federation Australia chief executive James Johnson says the latest measures imposed by the federal government made it impossible for the A-League to continue. The league had only a few regular-season games remaining before the playoffs. Johnson said the postponement will be reviewed on April 22. Johnson says “as a national competition played in all parts of Australia, as well as New Zealand, mission complicated became mission impossible.”Newcastle’s 2-1 win over Melbourne City at an empty stadium on Monday was the last game completed. Sydney FC leads the standings with 48 points after 20 games.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more

Former NBA players share thoughts on LeBron James’ latest free agency decision

first_img Clippers rookies key overtime victory over Oklahoma City Clippers’ rhythm is missing but their spirits strong before playoff opener Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersWallace was a teammate of LeBron during the 2007-08 season in Cleveland.“I don’t know (what LeBron’s decision will be),” said Latrell Sprewell, a former Golden State Warriors and New York Knicks player. “We will have to see what he does but he has every option open to him.”In the past, it would be several days after the start of free agency that the basketball world would hear about LeBron’s decision.ESPN’s Brian Windhorst mentioned on the “The Lowe Post” podcast that LeBron’s decision could come sooner than expected.Related Articles PreviousCleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James celebrates after scoring during the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers, Friday, March 9, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Clippers won 116-102. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James reaches to try to intercept an inbound pass during the first half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers, Friday, March 9, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) warms up prior to Game 5 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals in Boston, Wednesday, May 23, 2018. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers drives to the basket defended by Jordan Bell #2 of the Golden State Warriors during Game Four of the 2018 NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena on June 8, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio.LeBron James could stay in Cleveland or leave for somewhere like Los Angeles, but do fans know how that might go? (Tony Dejak/The Associated Press)Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James is guarded by Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball in the first half. 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(Gregory Shamus/Pool Photo via AP)Cleveland Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue talks with LeBron James during the second half of Game 3 of basketball’s NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors, Wednesday, June 6, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James, right, is defended by Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green during the second half of Game 2 of basketball’s NBA Finals in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, June 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James speaks at a news conference after Game 2 of basketball’s NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Cavaliers in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, June 3, 2018. The Warriors won 122-103. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James, right, shoots as Los Angeles Clippers guard Austin Rivers defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, March 9, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Clippers won 116-102. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James salutes after his team was presented the trophy for beating the Boston Celtics 87-79 in Game 7 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals, Sunday, May 27, 2018, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)LeBron James has led the Cavaliers to their eighth consecutive NBA Finals, which start Thursday against the favored Golden State Warriors. (Tony Dejak/The Associate Press)LeBron James de Cavaliers participa en el día de prensa del equipo en las finales de la NBA hoy, miércoles 30 de mayo de 2018, en Oakland (Estados Unidos) . Los Warriors enfrentarán a los Cavaliers en las finales de NBA. EFE/JOHN G. MABANGLOCleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James walks off the court after hitting the game winning shot to defeat the Toronto Raptors 105-103 in Game 3 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff series, Saturday, May 5, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)LeBron James (AP)Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James is approaching the latest major free agency decision of his career, and he has the league’s and the Lakers’ full attention. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James celebrates after scoring during the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers, Friday, March 9, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Clippers won 116-102. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James reaches to try to intercept an inbound pass during the first half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers, Friday, March 9, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)NextShow Caption1 of 24Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James reaches to try to intercept an inbound pass during the first half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers, Friday, March 9, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)ExpandThe NBA Awards put a bow on the 2017-18 season and the basketball world has wasted little time talking about the upcoming offseason.Free agency begins at midnight at 9:01 p.m. PT on June 30, but that didn’t stop the media from asking players for comments and predictions about the frenzy during the red carpet event.The hottest free agency topic involves LeBron James and his upcoming decision once again. Ben Wallace isn’t willing to make a bold prediction on LeBron’s next move.Sign up for Home Turf and get 3 exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.“I have learned not to partake in this type of conversation about LeBron because I didn’t think he was going to leave the Cavs and he left,” said Wallace, a four-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year when he starred for the Detroit Pistons. “I didn’t think he was going to leave Miami and he left. I am going to follow along like everyone else.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Ryan Hollins, who played at UCLA and with the Clippers, believes the four-time MVP will switch teams once again.“My assumption is why not (leave Cleveland),” Hollins said. “I think he is coming to the Lakers. It just makes sense.”Other players shared a different opinion and believe LeBron should remain in Cleveland.“I hope not,” seven-time All-Star Tracy McGrady said.“I hope players come to him,” said Kenny Smith, a TNT broadcaster and former NBA player. “It would be exciting to see people come to him instead of him going to someone else. He is a magnet and should be able to have people come play with him (in Cleveland).” “Everybody will be on holiday on July 4,” Windhorst said. “It will be over by then.” Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers last_img read more