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.

If you’re wondering why you’ve lost friends in adulthood, this is probably why

We all do it, and it’s probably doing damage to our friendships.<p>What a lot of people don’t appear to understand is that the single easiest way to make friends is to show up when it matters — and the single easiest way to lose friends is to, well, not.<p>That sounds obvious, but a pattern I’ve observed …

Relationships

Jeff Bezos runs Amazon with 14 demanding leadership principles. Here's how a 23-year-old engineer leveraged 5 of them to land a job.

Amazon, led by Jeff Bezos, has outlined 14 leadership principles for its employees. From "ownership" to "dive deep," these guidelines are designed to drive innovative thinking and quick action.<p>For those interested in working for Amazon, which was ranked in a LinkedIn survey as the most desired …

Jeff Bezos

The Equation That Will Make You Better at Everything

As an athlete, if you want to improve something—your 100-meter time, say, or your deadlift PR—you’ve got to apply a challenge, some sort of “stressor,” and then follow it with a period of rest and recovery. Too much stress without enough rest and you get injury, illness, and burnout. Not enough …

San Antonio

Cryptocurrency is just one of seven types of cryptoassets you should know

• <b>Cryptocurrencies</b> like bitcoin, the granddaddy of all cryptoassets, are instruments of exchange, stores of value, and units of account. To wit, bitcoin today holds over $100 billion dollars and supports billions a day in global transactions. Banks are taking notice, going from “bitcoin bad, …

Cryptocurrency

The First White President

The foundation of Donald Trump’s presidency is the negation of Barack Obama’s legacy.<p><b>It is insufficient</b> <b>to state</b> the obvious of Donald Trump: that he is a white man who would not be president were it not for this fact. With one immediate exception, Trump’s predecessors made their way to high office …

My President Was Black

A history of the first African American White House—and of what came next<p><i>“They’re a rotten crowd,” I shouted across the lawn. “You’re worth the whole damn bunch put together.”</i><p><i>— F. Scott Fitzgerald,</i> The Great Gatsby<p><b>I.</b><p>In the waning days of President Barack Obama’s administration, he and his wife, …

African-American News

The Black Family in the Age of Mass Incarceration

American politicians are now eager to disown a failed criminal-justice system that’s left the U.S. with the largest incarcerated population in the world. But they've failed to reckon with history. Fifty years after Daniel Patrick Moynihan’s report “The Negro Family” tragically helped create this …

The Case for Reparations

Two hundred fifty years of slavery. Ninety years of Jim Crow. Sixty years of separate but equal. Thirty-five years of racist housing policy. Until we reckon with our compounding moral debts, America will never be whole.<p><i>And if thy brother, a Hebrew man, or a Hebrew woman, be sold unto thee, and</i> …

Fear of a Black President

As a candidate, Barack Obama said we needed to reckon with race and with America’s original sin, slavery. But as our first black president, he has avoided mention of race almost entirely. In having to be “twice as good” and “half as black,” Obama reveals the false promise and double standard of …

The Legacy of Malcolm X

Why his vision lives on in Barack Obama<p>When my mother was 12, she walked from the projects of West Baltimore to the beauty shop at North Avenue and Druid Hill, and for the first time in her life, was relaxed. It was 1962. Black, bespectacled, skinny, and buck-toothed, Ma was also considered to have …

Why Do So Few Blacks Study the Civil War?

“To speak as the slave would, to say that we are as happy for the Civil War as most Americans are for the Revolutionary War, is to rupture the narrative.”<p>In my seventh-grade year, my school took a bus trip from our native Baltimore to Gettys­burg, Pennsylvania, the sanctified epicenter of American …

American Girl

When Michelle Obama told a Milwaukee campaign rally last February, "For the first time in my adult life, I am proud of my country," critics derided her as another Angry Black Woman. But the only truly radical proposition put forth by Obama, born and raised in Chicago's storied South Side, is the …

‘This Is How We Lost to the White Man’

The audacity of Bill Cosby’s black conservatism<p>Last summer, in Detroit’s St. Paul Church of God in Christ, I watched Bill Cosby summon his inner Malcolm X. It was a hot July evening. Cosby was speaking to an audience of black men dressed in everything from Enyce T-shirts or polos to blazers and …

We Were Eight Years in Power

Author<p>Ta-Nehisi Coates<p>Subject<p>Race in the United States<p>Published<p>October 3, 2017 (One World)<p>Pages<p>416<p>ISBN<p>978-0-399-59056-6 [1]<p><i>We Were Eight Years in</i> …

How to Conquer Your Blind Spots

The Elephant in Your Life<p>“The greatest deception men suffer is from their own opinions.”― <b>Leonardo da Vinci</b><p><b>What we see clouds our judgment; what we</b> …

What You Miss When You Take Notes on Your Laptop

HBR STAFF<p>Even in my relatively short foray into office life, I notice that few people bring a pen and notebook to meetings. I’ve been told that over the years, the spiral notebooks and pens once prevalent during weekly meetings have been replaced with laptops and slim, touch-screen tablets.<p>I …

What Everyone Should Know About Running Virtual Meetings

According to the new 2015 Work-Life Fit survey, nine out of 10 U.S. employees believe that their boss trusts them to get their work done – regardless of where or when.<p>It’s yet another indicator that the perpetual (and decades long) conversation about the flexible work environment has finally …

How to Ask Great Questions

Much of an executive’s workday is spent asking others for information—requesting status updates from a team leader, for example, or questioning a counterpart in a tense negotiation. Yet unlike professionals such as litigators, journalists, and doctors, who are taught how to ask questions as an …

Psychology

20 things to master before you turn 50

Approaching midlife can be scary.<p>One thing that makes it scarier is feeling like you haven't accomplished all the life stuff you set out to in your teens or 20s. We're not talking about climbing Kilimanjaro (though that certainly would be cool) — we're talking about becoming the happiest, …

Middle Age

If You’re Too Busy For These 5 Things: Your Life Is More Off-Course Than You Think

Despite turbulence and other conditions keeping airplanes off-course <b>90 percent</b> of flight time, most flights arrive in the correct destination at the …

What to Do When That Shiny New Job Isn’t the Right Fit

‘This type of experience happens more often nowadays because business is changing so fast,’ says one consultant<p>A new job—even with a posh title and lavish pay—can sometimes fall short of expectations.<p>It’s a persistent problem for job-hopping executives, aggravated by today’s hot job market. …

Employment

You Should Be Contributing At Least 20% To Your 401(k)

As an investment advisor who has worked with the retirement plans of Apple, IBM and AT&T, I often receive questions from participants about how much they should contribute. I typically respond by saying, “At least 20%.” They usually laugh and say, “No, really.” And I repeat, “Really, at least</b> …

Retirement

The best advice from 2018 commencement speeches

From Ronan Farrow to Abby Wambach, here are some words of wisdom that can motivate you, whether you’re a recent graduate or not.<p>When you’re starting something new, it can help to hear from someone who’s been there before. That’s the gist of commencement speeches. Speakers often share their personal …

Boston Marathon

13 things you should never say at work that most people don't know

Unless you're Michael Scott from "The Office," you know not to say offensive, harassing, or profane things at work. But there are some lesser-known verbal etiquette rules for the office that are just as universal.<p>Business Insider spoke with Ross McCammon, an editor at GQ, former business etiquette …

Self-awareness

Bryan Stevenson's TED Talk

TED Talks

I just turned 40 — here are 8 life lessons I wish I'd learned a decade ago

When I was in my late 20s, my boss and I used to have epic lunches where we'd chat about life. One day, he told me that when you turn 30, you need to start being responsible. I didn't take him seriously, but now that I'm 40, I wish I had.<p>Here are eight of the hard-earned lessons I've learned …

Millions ‘March For Our Lives’: Pictures

Houston

21 job-interview questions that are designed to trick you

But while they may seem simple — that's the point — some are actually designed to get you to reveal information you may have been trying to conceal. In other words: they're trick questions.<p>"To uncover areas that may reflect inconsistencies, hiring managers sometimes ask these tricky questions," …

Employment

Forget Work-Life Balance: It’s All About the Blend

<b>See why and get 5 tips to make it happen</b><p>No matter what we try, work-life balance always seems like a destination that we have yet to reach. It’s …