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Evidence-Based Leadership with Doug Hershberger
Episode 1030th April 2019 • Life as Leadership: Where Leaders Gather to Grow Together • Josh Friedeman
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Doug Hershberger is the founder of Hershberger Health and Performance in Sarasota, FL, where his mission is to spread evidence-based knowledge and improve the lives of others. In his late teen years, Doug lost nearly 100 pounds after dealing with obesity as a child. He discovered that health and fitness were not only a matter of the physical but also the mental, emotional, social, and even the spiritual sides of life. Doug now holds a master’s degree in Kinesiology and has certifications in weightlifting, strength and conditioning, and nutrition. His evidence-based understanding of physical health and athletic performance stems from the belief that no person deserves to be deceived—especially when it comes to how to treat their own body.



  • Become stronger by doing something that's (a) difficult but (b) not stupid
  • Health comes first; Performance second.



  • What is some lesson, saying, or experience that continues to influence your leadership to this day? "Little often and over the long haul" is the key to success.
  • Use three descriptors to finish this sentence: “A leader is…” Self-aware, emotionally agile, and outcome-focused.
  • What is a question that leaders should be asking either themselves or others? "Why do I think that?" "What can I learn from this experience?" "How should I respond (or should I)?"
  • What book would you recommend to leaders? "Daring Greatly," Brene Brown and "So Good They Can't Ignore You," Cal Newport
  • If you could get every listener to start doing something THIS week to help them be a better leader, what would it be? Take 10 minutes each day and do nothing--just sit, breath, or take a walk.
  • As a general life principle, is it better to ask “why?” or “why not?” "Why?" Always be asking “why?” and after you've answered "why?" ask "why?" again.






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  • DJ Quads | Cruise Around | Soundcloud:
  • DJ Quads | Smile |
  • DJ Quads | It Just Makes Me Happy | Soundcloud:


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