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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Your Best Boss

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Who was the best boss you ever worked for?  Why? I was recently leading a retreat with a number of executives: Presidents, VPs, GMs, Directors, and Managers of a wide range of companies.  The leaders ranged in age from 30 something to 60 something, with everything in between. Our speaker, Drew Bird, was leading us in a session about the …

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You Gotta Wanna!

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What’s the key to success? Talk to 100 people and you may get 100 answers.  How would you answer that question?  It may depend on your definition of success. How would you define success? This week I heard 2 different perspectives on the key to success.  I was in a meeting with a handful of leaders in Vancouver.  The one …

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Offense Builds a Fence

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Workplace conflict.  It happens all too often. Things are said that shouldn’t be said.  Things are done that shouldn’t be done.   Perhaps it’s things that really should’ve been said that weren’t, or things that should’ve been done that weren’t. Regardless, when you put people together there’s going to be conflict.  Oftentimes, the “conflict” looks more like a gradual withdrawing to …

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Who’s Got Your 6?

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“Sorry Dave, we’re outta here!” And with that, I was alone. But I was not really alone.  I was bereft of allies, but I was quickly going to be surrounded by my enemies.  And this enemy was focused on killing me.  I had to move or I would be dead. I surveyed my surroundings, gauged how much time I had …

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What’s Your Secret?

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After a while it all starts to look the same.  One hotel looks like another.  One complimentary breakfast buffet looks like another. Blurry eyed after a late night and an early morning I quickly scanned the breakfast buffet for something to eat that I wouldn’t later regret.  Typically it’s a banana, strawberry yogurt, and some scrambled eggs. Hmm, there are …

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Challenge Creates Change

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Do you ever go into those ‘motivational stores’?  Do you know what I’m talking about?  You know, those home décor stores that have motivational art all over the place? Or, you could find the same kind of décor in coffee shops.  Coffee shops are great places to discover and soak in some great motivation. I’ve discovered some great truisms: If …

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Get Your Priorities Straight

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“Who’s the f’n new guy?” Ah, that would be me. Do you remember Sesame Street?  They had a feature on the show where they would show 3 items/objects.  Two of the objects would be similar or related somehow and one of them would be totally out of place.  For example: a bed, a chaise lounge and a carrot. The song …

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People Are Messy

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Do you like dogs?  Do you have a dog? We don’t have a dog, though, we had 3 dogs over the course of my childhood. Our first dog was Spooky.  My dad said he was a cross between a weasel and a pine tree stump.  Truth be told we didn’t quite know what kind of dog he was, except that …

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Be Kind, Rewind

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Ah, yes.  Do you remember? There are a number of you who read the title to this article and knew exactly what I was referring to.  And, there are a number of you, who are of a younger demographic cohort, who have no idea what the title is all about. Way back in late 1970’s the first VCR was introduced …

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Dare To Be Carefrontational

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“Dave, there’s something I’ve been meaning to share with you…” And so began a rich, meaningful and difficult conversation with a friend and client. We’d been enjoying a great dinner together talking about the work that I do, and that we do together.  We have known each other for over 10 years and have been working closely together for the …

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