Who is David MacLean?

David MacLean is the man behind Wholehearted Leaders. He is an insightful thinker, creative communicator and engaging storyteller who connects with people by speaking to and from the heart. Drawing on his experiences as an entrepreneur, husband, father, philanthropist and world traveler, David’s intention is to inspire, encourage, equip, and engage you to lead and live on purpose to create a lasting legacy.

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David’s life experiences enable him to speak to your group on the topics of leadership, marketing and social consciousness. In regard to leadership, David’s primary area of focus is personal leadership – the most difficult person you will ever lead is yourself. How you lead yourself impacts every area of your professional and personal life.

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Here To There

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A good friend and I share a boat in Vancouver that we use to cruise through the Gulf Islands off the coast of British Columbia.  These waters are some of the most spectacular cruising waters in the world. When cruising in ocean waters you need to know how to navigate effectively.  When we first began our boating adventure we used …

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A Monkey On A Rope

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Our crossing of the Gulfo Dulce had been magical: calm blue waters, cloudless skies, brilliant warm sunshine and a personal escort by a pod of dolphins. The arrival at our destination was like a scene out of Jurassic Park.  The gentle lapping ocean gave way to a 20’ deep black sand beach that abruptly ended where the thick Costa Rican …

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Never Follow A Leader Who Doesn’t Limp

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We’re in the midst of Olympic fever right now.  Whether or not you love or hate the Olympic movement and all it has become, there is no greater forum where we witness the magnificent human drama of athletic competition. Sport is an area of our culture, particularly world class amateur sport, where we see the depth of wholehearted, passionate pursuit …

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People Are Like Vines

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Have you ever coached a vine? I’ve recently started to coach some wisteria flowering vines at our house.  We have two of them: one old, mature and established, the other younger, less established and less mature. The mature vine is positioned to grow in two different directions: along the small pergola at the front of the garage, and along the …

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Leaders Are Like Shoe Horns

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“Son, untie those shoes before you get into them or you’re going to ruin them!”.  I can still hear my dad’s voice in the deep recesses of my mind when I put on my shoes in the morning. Hands up, how many of you heard your dad say something along those lines when you were a kid? Remember when you …

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How Rich Are You – Really?

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We seem to be fixated with money in our culture.  Hey, I’m an entrepreneurial capitalist, I don’t think money is evil.  I don’t begrudge the generation of money and monetary wealth.  However, I do think the love of money can lead to a lot of nasty business. Money is a way we keep score.  Money and net worth are ways …

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What’s Your Perspective?

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The seas were very rough, some would say too rough to be out in.  It was raining, but not just a heavy rain, it was a tropical deluge. The boat they were in was a 25’ fiberglass rowboat powered by 2, 40 horsepower outboard motors.  They were pounding through the waves with the boat slamming down mercilessly into the trough …

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Keep Moving Forward

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They spotted me. I could hear their leader barking out orders, “Bravo Charlie – bogie 10:00, move!  Surround and terminate!” What the…what’s going on?!  My two fellow combatants immediately ran away.  They were not up to a fight with these guys. Before I knew it, I was all alone. Being alone was bad enough, but by the time I thought …

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What Are You Prepared To Do?

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“You said you wanted to know how to get Capone.  Do you really want to get him?  You see what I’m saying?  What are you prepared to do?” “Everything within the law.”, replied Ness. “And then what are you prepared to do?…You must be prepared to go all the way because they won’t give up the fight until one of …

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It’s About the Training

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He’s now a black belt. Just the term “black belt” conjures up certain images in your mind doesn’t it? “Disciplined and dangerous” are terms that come to mind for me.  I picture someone who is incredibly dedicated and disciplined, and because of that they’re now very dangerous – for good.  Don’t mess with a black belt. The amount of time …

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