The Mind of Tiggs

By Horace Tiggs IV | Reading a variety of topics keeps us quick, sharp, and relevant.  Here I'll compile an abridged collection of articles that I've read on my journey of continual learning. The unabridged version is in my "What Tiggs Has Read" magazine.

The Top 27 Productivity Hacks of 2018

This new year, kiss your inefficient and time wasting habits goodbye.<p>As 2018 gets closer, many professionals focus on what they can do better next year. Increasing productivity at work is a common New Year's resolution, as there is almost always room to improve anyone's practices.<p>To help you get …

Productivity

This Elon Musk Email to Tesla Employees Is a Powerful Lesson in Authentic, Heartfelt Leadership

When times get tough, great leaders don't just protect -- they connect.<p>Elon Musk is one of the world's most popular entrepreneurs. As the guiding force behind Tesla, SpaceX, and OpenAI -- not to mention helping to found PayPal -- he tackles some of the biggest challenges.<p>That includes some of the …

Leadership

Every successful relationship is successful for the same exact reasons

Hey, guess what? I got married two weeks ago. And like most people, I asked some of the older and wiser folks around me for a couple quick words of advice from their own marriages to make sure my wife and I didn’t shit the (same) bed. I think most newlyweds do this, especially after a few cocktails …

Marriage

I've been coaching execs for 25 years, and the same 6 habits keep coming up in the best leaders

• <b>A management expert who works with top executives at successful companies noticed they all have six habits.</b>• <b><br>Sharing knowledge, figuring out how to innovate, and moving on from wrong decisions are all key to great leadership.</b>• <b><br>The best leaders also engage with their companies in multiple ways — like</b> …

Leadership

10 Phrases Smart People Use In Workplace Conversations

If your ego doesn't get in the way, any of these ten phrases is a great way to build trust at work.<p>In management literature over the years, thought-leaders keep drilling down on trust as that one huge motivator that will get you great collaboration, increase employee engagement and lead to business …

Leadership

The Six Laws of Technology Everyone Should Know

Professor who summarized the impact of technology on society 30 years ago seems prescient now, in the age of smartphones and social media<p>Three decades ago, a historian wrote six laws to explain society’s unease with the power and pervasiveness of technology. Though based on historical examples …

Technology

What is AI?

There is a mountain of hype around big data, artificial intelligence (AI), and machine learning. It’s a bit like kissing in the schoolyard – everyone …

Machine Learning

Elon Musk: The Architect of Tomorrow

Inside the inventor's world-changing plans to inhabit outer space, revolutionize high-speed transportation, reinvent cars – and hopefully find love …

Elon Musk

Donald Trump says something that isn't true 5.5 times a day. Every day.

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Alternative facts. Lies. Distortions. Exaggerations. Misstatements. Half truths.<p>Call it what you want, but there's one indisputable fact: Donald Trump does a stunning amount of it.<p>According to a count maintained by The Washington Post's Fact Checker and updated Tuesday morning, …

Donald Trump

10 traits the best bosses have in common

• <b>One of the most common reasons employees leave their jobs is to get away from bad managers.</b>• <b><br>Great bosses — those that command trust and treat employees with respect — all have similar characteristics.</b>• <b><br>Some of these characteristics are: clearly communicating expectations, providing timely employee</b> …

Leadership

What 11 CEOs Have Learned About Championing Diversity

The business case for diversity is clear. Diversity can boost innovation and employee engagement, and companies with greater gender and racial diversity financially outperform their peers. Yet progress within organizations has been slow – there is still a lack of women and minorities in leadership …

Diversity

Everything You Need to Know About Miami's Turnover Chain

If you've watched a Miami football game this season, you've probably seen the TV cameras cut to a Hurricanes player wearing an oversized gold chain …

College Football

Smart Leaders Focus on Execution First and Strategy Second

“We found the perfect strategy” ranks with “And they lived happily ever after” as a perpetual myth. A strategy is never excellent in and of itself; it is shaped, enhanced, or limited by implementation. Top leaders can provide the framework and tools for a team, but the game is won on the playing …

Leadership

To Sound Like a Leader, Think About What You Say, and How and When You Say It

Nancy started her day feeling prepared to brief her executive team on a high-stakes project she had been working on for the past two months. She had rehearsed her slide deck repeatedly, to the point where she had every level of content practically memorized. She arrived at the meeting early and …

Leadership

The Concept of the Weekend Is Dying

On May 1, 1886, in booming, industrial Chicago, at least 30,000 workers walked off the job in what would become one of the most famous rallies for a shorter workweek in America. The shutdown left the usually smoke-filled skies eerily clear. The “great refusal,” as it is sometimes known, ultimately …

Industrial Revolution

‘One of so many millions gone’: how my cousin’s life was taken from him

At the age of just 15, Michael was sent to prison for 11 years. On his release, I tried to help him start again. Why did his story end in tragedy? By Danielle Allen<p><b>July 2009: garden party</b><p>“Danielle, phone call for you. It’s your dad.” I broke away from a conversation with my husband’s cousins – from …

Crime

Forming Stronger Bonds with People at Work

Connecting with others is at the heart of human nature. Recent research emphasizes that the power of connections can help us be creative, resilient, even live longer. But we can easily overlook the importance of these bonds. As popular writer and researcher Adam Grant has noted, the pressure of …

Compassion

Ex-Green Beret Nate Boyer writes open letter to Trump, Kaepernick, NFL and America

<i>Editor's note: More than a year after penning an open letter to Colin Kaepernick, former Army Green Beret and NFL player Nate Boyer writes another</i> …

The NFL stood by African American players … until its money was threatened

For a while the world’s most lucrative league supported its players in the face of hostility from Donald Trump. Then the NFL looked at its bottom line<p>Somehow this is where we find ourselves in America in 2017: the president of the United States uses race to drive a wedge between football players …

Jemele Hill

NFL owners struggled to retain control after Trump's attacks, rise of player protests

As DeMaurice Smith drove Monday morning to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport for a flight to his annual locker room meeting with the Buffalo …

Ta-Nehisi Coates: the laureate of black lives

Coates’s eloquent polemics on the black experience in America brought him fame and the admiration of Barack Obama. Here he talks about the rise of white supremacy – and why Trump was a logical conclusion<p>Ta-Nehisi Coates on why we should have seen Trump coming<p>Ta-Nehisi Coates is short on sleep. He …

Racism

8 body-language tricks that are hard to master but will pay off forever

As Ursula the sea witch famously said, "Don't underestimate the importance of body language."<p>Some tricks, like remembering to smile, are easy to …

Bill Gates

What Are Black Sports Journalists Allowed To Say About Trump And Race?

ESPN host Jemele Hill is being roasted for calling Donald Trump a white supremacist. HuffPost spoke with three prominent black journalists about what truths they are permitted to tell.<p>Jemele Hill said what she said.<p>In a series of tweets stemming from an odd conversation about Kid Rock, the co-host …

Racism

3 tips to become well-spoken

Want to become well-spoken? Here are three tips.<p><b>1. Make others feel well-heard</b><p>We focus too much on what we should say next, formulating witty …

Adorable

Exclusive: Read the Inauguration Day letter Obama left for Trump

<b>(CNN) —</b> During his final moments in the Oval Office, President Barack Obama folded into thirds a handwritten letter to Donald Trump, slid it into an envelope, and in neat capital letters addressed it to "Mr. President."<p>Now, the contents of that letter -- the last direct communication between the …

Donald Trump

Jared and Ivanka are failing a basic moral test

<b>(CNN) —</b> I first heard the silence late Tuesday night, while pecking at my phone, waiting for Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump to denounce President Donald Trump's latest comments on neo-Nazis after the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, and the death and mayhem that resulted.<p>After …

Donald Trump

Blacks and whites see racism in the United States very, very differently

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> How you see race in the United States can depend a lot on your own background.<p>President Donald Trump's various responses to clashes between white supremacists and counter-protesters in Charlottesville this weekend drew widespread condemnation, but also brought decades-old …

Discrimination

Vice’s documentary on Charlottesville is really worth watching

It shows the white supremacist protesters for what they really are.<p>If there was any doubt about what kind of person went to protest in Charlottesville, Virginia, over the weekend, Vice News’s documentary should put those questions to rest: One side was white supremacists, some of whom openly …

Racism

Hip-hop reacts to Trump: 'I'd rather an ugly truth than a beautiful lie'

<b>(CNN) —</b> In hip-hop, not everyone wants white supremacists to remain silent and not everyone wants President Donald Trump to unequivocally condemn them.<p>"I'd rather an ugly truth than a beautiful lie," rapper and activist David Banner tweeted. The tweet echoed a sentiment he voiced the day after …

Racism