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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Remember Your “Why?”

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They’d come so far.  They’d gone further than anyone had expected.  The odds had been stacked against them.  Their partnership, though born in humble beginnings, was still intact.  There were still on course.  They’d not varied from their plan, yet it had been far more difficult than they thought. They were now at a breaking point.  They did not know …

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Admit It. Own It. Fix It.

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“What is this, some kind of vacuum on steroids??!!” she demanded. I couldn’t see her face, but from this end of the telephone line I could tell that she was not happy. “She” was the Director of Game Day Operations for an NHL franchise. She was looking at what had just arrived via courier from MacLean Sports Marketing. My sports …

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Beware “Whatever!”

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We were discussing frustrations she had with her boss.  I could see she was down.  I could tell she was discouraged.  She was crashing into road block after road block set up by the very leadership for whom she was working. And then she said it.  She uttered the one word that clearly identified for me that this was an …

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How to Make People Like You

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I found myself wondering, “Is this guy ever going to come up for air?” I was in a social situation where I didn’t know many people.  We were sitting at round tables of 8.  So, I introduced myself to the man sitting next to me.  I then asked him a couple of questions. And he was off… He was a …

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Organizational IEDs

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A new weapon exploded into the world of warfare in 2003 during the Iraq war – the IED. An improvised explosive device (IED) is a “homemade” explosive device designed to destroy and incapacitate. Because they are improvised, IEDs can come in many forms ranging from a small pipe bomb to a more sophisticated device capable of causing massive damage and …

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Beware of Corporate Leeches

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The canoe battle began.  The object of this particular engagement was to sink your opponent’s canoe.  No real rules – just try to get more water in the competition’s canoe than in yours. The battle took place at the base of a small waterfall, which added an exciting element to the contest.  A simple way to accelerate your opponent’s demise …

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What’s Your Vimy Ridge?

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The British had tried and failed.  The French tried as well, and failed.  In fact, the French had lost close to 100,000 men in their attempts.  The situation seemed hopeless.  Hopeless it was, if it weren’t for the Canadians. It was April 9, 1917.  The location was France.  The hill known as Vimy Ridge was a strategic location held by …

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Just Score A Point

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“Coach MacLean, I need to quit”, Marty sheepishly offered. “What?!  Why do you want to quit?  This is our last tournament”, I countered. “Well, all I do is get beaten, and it’s pretty tough on my self-confidence and self-image”, he replied. Hmm, he had a point. Marty was a junior high student who had been on my wrestling team for …

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Who Gives You Hope?

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“I think I’m done.  I have exhausted all my options.” I was totally bummed out.  My big vision, my amazing project, my passion to do something that had not been done before was going to die before it ever came to fruition.  In a state of dejected resignation I was sharing my heart with a good friend. At the time …

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Do You Like the Beatles?

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The black chauffeured BMW didn’t stop at the Kremlin.  That was his first cause for concern.  It would not be his last. The driver continued past the Kremlin to the outskirts of town.  They proceeded along a lonely road into the forest.  This was his second cause for concern.  He wondered if he was being taken to a secret place …

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