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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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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The Sword of the King

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“Put aside the ranger and become who you were born to be.” One of the most iconic lines in the movie, The Return of the King – the final installment of the Lord of the Rings Trilogy. Do you remember the situation? The evil forces of Mordor, under the leadership of Sauron and Saruman, were attacking middle earth: the home …

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Run With The Ball!

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Did you play competitive team sports when you were younger? Maybe you still do. My years in competitive team sports ended over 3 decades ago.  My team sports “career” ended rather abruptly during university when I shattered my leg playing soccer.  It was a nasty experience that took 3 years to heal. Prior to that I played football in high …

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How Curious Are You?

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Recently I met with an out-of-province business owner.  I was learning he came from a rich family heritage including a close senior relative who had served as a beloved Premier of their province.  As he relayed his recollection of his famous relative he made this statement that immediately captured my attention, “Even into his old age he remained very curious.  …

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I’ve Always Thought of Myself As…

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Suzanne Ciani is a pioneer.  She’s an innovator.  She’s a musical genius.  She helped create a whole new musical genre in the late 1970s and early 1980’s.  She is, arguably, an icon. She was the first female electronic musician.  Her instrument of choice was the Buchla Analog Modular Synthesizer.  She created sounds no one had ever heard before. I had …

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Duct Tape Leadership

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To tell you the truth, I was a little nervous. Sure, I’ve had the opportunity to work with some leaders of significance.  But this man… well, he was in a league I had never connected with before.  He is a leader of global stature.  I have no doubt his “black book” has contact information for the likes of Bono, Colin …

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A Man Alone is Easy Prey

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Clint Eastwood. An iconic man’s man. The kind of man every man would like to be and every woman would like to be with. Well, at least that is what his movie legend would suggest… However, there is no denying the impact that Clint has had on North American culture through the plethora of movies he’s made, and the strength …

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Would You Prefer Chicken or Lamb?

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I sat there in the Harmony Airways first class cabin deciding what to eat from the “Liberty Menu” – meals prepared by award-winning chef Rob Feenie.  My choices were:  1. Roast chicken with choucroutre and pomme puree.  2. Roasted double lamb chop with semi-dried cherry tomato.  And, for dessert, sticky toffee pudding with pear compote and cinnamon mascarpone cream.  The …

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