3 Daily Health Tips

Over the years, David has built routines into his life in order to stay healthy daily. Here are 3 daily health tips that David focuses on to stay healthy on the road.

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People often ask me how do I try to stay healthy especially traveling so much and I’m not perfect at any of this but three ideas come to mind.

3 Daily Health Tips

1. Never Drink a Calorie: I rarely, if ever, drink a calorie. I make sure I’m drinking water, I certainly don’t drink juice. I certainly try to stay away from drinking my calories.

2. MOVE:  Try to move in a way that works for you. You know I do some crazy exercises, I walk on treadmills with weights in this way that I learned to do it that’s kinda crazy, but one of my good friends, Rory Vaden, for the last four years, every single day, whether he’s sick, not sick, hardly got any sleep with his newborn baby, whether it’s Christmas Day, every single day, every day for four years he’s broke a sweat. Some days he says it’s 12 minutes, I’m often just going for 12 minutes, but every day he does something that makes him break a sweat. Whether it’s in the health center or in the hotel room, whether it’s pushups and sit ups or it’s getting on the elliptical, try to move a little bit more.

3. Greet Everyone:This isn’t about being an extrovert or introvert, but one of the most interesting new studies about longevity, long life, ahead of tobacco usage, drinking too much, the number one metric for long life was connecting with the regular people you’re around every day. So I try to make a habit of with the flight attendant, saying hello, to my seat mate, saying hello. Not cheesy, not weird, like I’m gonna talk the whole flight because I don’t necessarily wanna talk the whole flight either, but greeting people, saying hello to people, connecting with people, especially those you see every day. Three little ideas. Don’t drink a calorie, move every day, and connect with everyone, at least greet them every day.

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2 Ways to Build a Culture of Trust

Two ideas on how you can build a culture of trust. It can be difficult to build a culture of trust. Trust must be the foundational piece of building a strong, lasting culture.

2 Ways to Build a Culture of Trust

Number one, you gotta be clear about what a high-trust culture looks like, here. You gotta be clear about the why. Why do we want this kind of culture? We know high-trust cultures, lead to the highest performance but what does that look like here? What are the components, specifically?

Number two, you gotta consistently systemize that kinda culture. We know atrophy is guaranteed without intentional action. In my body, it stops losing performance if I’m not putting the right protein, the right vegetables, the right amount of water in, if I’m not exercising, if I’m not putting in the right vitamins and that’s the same with your culture.

You gotta consistently put the right things in and you gotta systemize that, so you’re not only putting the right things in but you’re systemizing toward high-performing cultures by, as an example, asking the right questions. Every quarter, every year, are we creeping away from the culture we want?

You know, even Enron had a beautiful mission statement, beautiful value statement, but they creeped away from the very culture they wanted, so, number one, be clear. Number two, be consistent and systemize that consistency. Those two will take you long way in having a high-trust, consistent culture.

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2 Truths From the Farm

Watch this video to learn 2 truths from the farm from David’s childhood. You can learn many skills on a farm but it can also teach many life lessons. Here are Davids two truths from the farm.

People often ask me what I learned from the farm as far as as all this trust stuff, and you know, I think of two truths from the farm. One, healthy things grow, and sick things die. And this is just a truth I grew up with. Healthy cows grow; sick ones die. Healthy churches grow; sick ones become divided.

Healthy marriages grow; sick ones become divorced. Healthy relationships divide, healthy organizations divide. Healthy things tend to grow in some way, financially, reach, impact, in some way, and so this is why it’s so important to create a healthy culture in an organization.

The other thing we say on the farm is you’ve gotta do the work, you know? That pile of stuff doesn’t just shovel itself. Those corn tassels just don’t fly themselves away. You gotta do the work. You gotta hoe the garden. You gotta fertilize, you gotta cultivate, you gotta do the work. It doesn’t happen on its own, but to bear fruit, you gotta do the work. And this thing these days of oh, I just wanna have a fit body in 21 days, and be rich in 21 days, and do this fast, and that fast you can have it, kind of a quick, motivational talk, and that might be nice, but to be trusted by being trustworthy takes doing the work.

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2 Sides of Empowerment

There are two sides of empowerment, and you quickly jumped to the first one. You know how demotivating it is to be told to do something and not empowered to do it. It could be even a state mandate of provide education, but we’re not gonna give ya any money, right, I mean it can be anything.

It’s the same in organizations, it’s the same as your calling your superintendent, or the principal, or teachers, or students to do something. If I want them to do something, if I don’t empower them with what they need, that’s very demotivating.

There’s another side though, and this is where I see lazy leadership all the time. And this is a leader, or a board, not empowering the right people publicly. What happens? I’m the leader, this right here is the team. I go up to, what’s your name? Harry, okay, I go up to Harry and I say, Harry, you’ve got this, I believe in you, you’ve got this project, you’re gonna do a great job with it, and I walk away feeling like I did a great job as a leader.

That’s lazy, if they have a flat org chart, I as leader must bestow my leadership on them. So I’m gonna go to, what was your name? Marty, I’m gonna go to Marty, and in front of everybody, I’m gonna say Marty, Marty’s got this project, we’re all on it right, we’re with Marty on this project, and we got his back, so Marty we’re with you. Marty’s got this. And in essence I bestow leadership on Marty publicly. And what happens? In the first case I get out of it. I don’t wanna do it publicly because then I can make it all his fault, Harry’s fault. In the second case I bestowed leadership on him, so if he wins, I can give him the credit, and if he loses, I’m with him on the downside.

Howe Three Brothers You’ve Never Heard Of Helped Create America

Written By Brian Lord, President of Premiere Speakers Bureau

What three questions helped America become an independent country? How, how, and how.  Or better yet, Howe, Howe, and Howe.  Let me explain.

David Horsager, the author of The Trust Edge, is well known for showing how trust is absolutely needed to lead through difficult times.  He’s also well-known for telling companies they need to ask three questions to make things happen- how, how, and how.   But did you know, in a way, that’s ‘how’ America became a country?

Two decades before the American colonies were fighting for their independence against the British, they were fighting for their lives against the French in the Seven Years War, known in the US as the French and Indian War.

To help defend their American colonies, the British sent an especially energetic and adaptable officer in the form of Brigadier General George Howe (Howe #1), who commanded the Royal American Regiment.  Unlike many British officers, Howe moved away from the customary pomp and flash of the European elites and embraced the American people and landscape.  He had both their uniforms and hair cut short, got rid of the lace on waistcoats, and changed out the linen and hemp gaiters for more practical leggings made of wool.  He led in his example for his own officers, cutting his hair short, washing his own clothes, and taking very little baggage into the field.  He befriended the famous ranger Major Robert Rodgers and trained his soldiers and the American militiamen in his charge on marching and fighting in the woods.  (This training was put to good use by the Americans against the British 20 years later.)

In what would become the ill-fated attack on Fort Ticonderoga, England’s Prime Minister William Pitt had wanted Howe in command, but General James Abercrombie had more political connections, so Howe was made #2 in command.

In the battle against the French and their allies, General George Howe’s regiment was accompanied by a unit of American colonists from Connecticut led by Major Israel Putnam (who later became a famous American general “Old Put”.  If you live in or near a Putnam County, you have him to thank).  The troops under Howe’s command performed well, but the British and their allies were ultimately defeated.  The greatest loss was that of General George Howe, who died from battle wounds in IsraelPutnam’s arms.

This loss was taken very hard by many, as he was well loved in the American colonies.  The Massachusetts Assembly voted to raise £250 (a large sum at the time) to place a monument in Westminster Abbey.  General George Howe’s family was very grateful for this kind gesture.

In fact, Howe’s burial marking in St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Albany, New York, is the only burial marker for a British peer in the US.

Wars are expensive, and the British needed to pay their debts after seven years of fighting.  The British reasoned that since large amounts of money had been spent protecting the colonies, the money should be paid by the colonies, and began to raise taxes.  The first how- ‘how are we going to pay for this?’ made sense.  The “hows” number two and three- ‘How are we going to do this?’ and ‘How are we going to enforce it?’ are where they lost their way and ended up changing the world.

The colonists understood the need for taxation, but the issue was with the ‘how’.   King George took a heavy hand, raised taxes too high and too quickly, with no input from those being taxed. Taxes were done to them, not with them, so to speak. They had no say or control over it, and as a result, the American colonists made the ‘no taxation without representation’ demand.   

To that point in history, the American colonists had been incredibly loyal and primarily thought of themselves proudly as British.  Remember, the Pilgrims were in 1620, so you’ve got 150+ years of loyalty to the crown.  A century and a half of trust were lost in one fell swoop once the people believed that their leader, King George, no longer had their best interests in mind.

Rather than talk things out, the British doubled-down on their demands and the British crown found itself needing to put down an uprising in that same Massachusetts colony that had been so loyal.  At the time, the mighty British Navy was not only the envy of every other Navy in the world, but it was also the envy of the British Army.  Jealous of the attention and funding it received from the British crown, as a rule, British Army generals and British Navy admirals rarely, if ever, got along or would cooperate in battle.  Given that nearly the entire population of the US was within a few miles of the Atlantic, the British government desperately needed to find an exception to this rule and have a well-coordinated land and sea operation.  The solution came from a family with a familiar name.

General George Howe had two younger brothers- Admiral Richard Howe (Howe #2), who had won the decisive naval battle in the Seven Years War in France, and Sir Willam Howe (Howe #3), who fought in the French and Indian War in the colonies.   The British decided to make William Howe Commander-in-Chief of British forces, as he would work well with his brother Richard in coordinated attacks against the colonial militias.  The British Crown also hoped their experience in America would make the American’s more likely to negotiate and come to peace.

However, some historians believe that this closeness to the American colonies and their older brother’s connection to them caused the Howe brothers to take it easy on the Americans.   Had the British chosen a general and admiral who had no love for the colonies, they might have pushed for a more total victory, rather than smaller strategic wins.  Instead of shock-and-awe and scorched earth, the younger Howe brothers were accused of pulling their punches.

The Americans for their part primarily focused their hate toward King George, rather than the Howe family. In fact, during the American Revolution, the people of Boston were not only raising funds to fight England, but they were still in the act of raising money to fund George Howe’s monument in Westminster Abbey. (The monument became so popular with American tourists that Westminster Abbey eventually gave it a prime location.)

The rest is history.  The Americans won their independence, became a superpower, and changed the world.

The difference in trust between the two leaders- General George Howe and King George- is striking.

George Howe consistently made efforts to improve the lives of his men.  He showed compassion, taking on their burdens despite his high station.  His commitment to the colonists was known by all and he became well-loved by the people he protected.

On the other hand, King George did not lead with trust.  He was inconsistent with how he treated his people- on one side of the Atlantic, he allowed a voice for his people through representation, on the other, he didn’t. He stayed within his royal inner circle and never attempted to connect with his colonies.  Worst of all, his character showed that he viewed the American colonists as objects to do his bidding and not his own people.

Trust, or lack thereof, is the most important aspect of leadership whether it’s a business, a regiment, or a country.   It all depends on how you want to do lead.

Author of this article, Brian Lord is the President of Premiere Speakers Bureau and host of the Beyond Speaking Podcast (Listen to his interview with David Horsager HERE).  He’s been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, BBC Radio, the Huffington Post (UK), and was chosen as one of Nashville’s 40 Under 40.

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For those who like to read more:
The French and American War: Deciding The Fate of North America”, Walter R. Borneman

“Through A Howling Wilderness”, Thomas A. Desjardin

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