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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Learn to Unstring Your Bow

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Have you ever done any archery?  Have you shot a bow and arrow? As an 11 year old kid at summer camp I had the opportunity to learn about archery.  Wow – high adventure for a boy to be given a deadly weapon to shoot projectiles into targets pinned to bales of hay. I can still remember the first time …

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Every Leader’s Tug-of-War

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I recently met with a very capable leader. By all measures she has been very successful. She’s incredibly educated, she’s had a good career of meaningful work, she’s traveled extensively, she has passionately pursued leisure and recreational activities to create good work/life balance, she is great with people, and has volunteered her time for meaningful causes. I’ve had the privilege …

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Common Sense Is Often Uncommon

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We could not believe what we were seeing. You have got to be kidding me! Was this a reality TV show of some kind? Where was the hidden camera? Somewhere there is a TV audience watching our reactions – right? How could someone actually think that is appropriate? Common sense would tell you… Ahh, and therein lies the quandary: common …

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It Was My Joy

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Cancer had overtaken her mother’s body. Like a slow moving lava flow it had destroyed everything in its path. The end was near. She didn’t know what to do. She and her mother had journeyed through every stage of this insidious disease and now they were facing the final stage – the last chapter. She was once again sitting with …

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You Are Contagious

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Pink eye. Ever had it? According to webmd.com, “Pinkeye (also called conjunctivitis) is redness and swelling of the conjunctiva, the mucous membrane that lines the eyelid and eye surface. If irritation or infection occurs, the lining becomes red and swollen.” Pinkeye is very common and very contagious. Sharing an object, such as a washcloth or towel, with a person who …

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Worse Often Leads to Better

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“Mr. McEwan, I need to get rid of this little scratch – how do I do it?” I gazed at my beautifully machined brass letter opener.  It was a gift for my dad on Father’s Day and I wanted to make it perfect.  And it was, except for that little scratch on the blade. Mr. McEwan, my grade 8 metal …

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Build a Corporate Pergola

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Wisteria is a beautiful flowering vine.  Their flowers hang down from the vine looking like magical, lavender, layered lanterns.  Wisteria vines climb by twining their stems either clockwise or counter-clockwise around any available support. We have 2 wisteria vines on either side of our garage.  I noticed something very significant this week looking at the difference between the two vines.  …

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Celebrate The Tyrants

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Harvard: one of the world’s most prestigious universities. Founded in 1636, Harvard is the United States oldest institution of higher learning.  Located in Cambridge Massachusetts across the Charles River from Boston, it comprises 210 acres of land and boasts the largest endowment of any university in the world at over $36 billion. There are currently close to 21,000 students with …

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Winning and Losing Activities

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Are you a sports fan? Whether you are or not, there are literally billions of people around the globe who are sports fans. Some are rabid, some are casual, but there is no denying the popularity of sports on the world stage. Baseball, hockey, football, basketball, soccer, rugby, and scores of other team sports are revered, regarded, admired, attended, followed …

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Canada: A Legacy of Leadership

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Have you ever been to Ottawa?  If you have not, then I highly recommend you put it into your travel plans. One of my wife’s bucket list items was to be in Ottawa on Canada Day.  So here we are: July 1st 2015 in Ottawa celebrating the birth of this amazing country of ours.  We are 148 years old this …

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