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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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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What Are You Looking At?

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I was on a mission.  I knew what I was looking for and I was intently focused on the object of my attention. To be more specific I was searching for the object of my affection. Mounted upon my trusty steed I was moving at a speed in keeping with my exploratory expedition.  Knowing I was nearing the habitation of …

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It’s Not About You!

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“I was afraid to speak in public”, she confessed. This was a surprising to me due to the fact that the person with whom I was speaking was a professional speaker. I was meeting with Melonie Dodaro, author of the book, “The LinkedIn Code”, owner of Top Dog Media, and international key note speaker on how to use LinkedIn to …

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Stinking Thinking

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“Sow a thought, reap an action.  Sow an action, reap a habit.  Sow a habit, reap a character.  Sow a character, reap a destiny.”  Stephen Covey “You reap what you sow.”  The Apostle Paul What kinds of thoughts do you sow?  What do you allow yourself to think about?  Just because a thought enters your mind doesn’t mean you must …

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National Geographic Communication Style

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Are you familiar with the National Geographic magazine?  I can’t imagine there is anyone in North America who hasn’t seen a National Geographic magazine at some point in time. The first magazine was published on September 22, 1888, nine months after the National Geographic Society was founded.  It has been published monthly ever since.  The magazine is known for its …

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Lead Like Nobody’s Watching

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We’ve all heard the saying, “Dance like nobody’s watching.”  It may resonate a little more with women because they seem to have a natural desire to dance, but I think most men also understand the essence of the expression. Go for it!  Don’t hold anything back!  Who cares what anybody thinks?! We can certainly appreciate the commitment behind the adage.  …

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Fire In The Belly

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Do you like horses?  I don’t.  For the most part I think horses are “evil”.  It seems that every time I attempt to “get back on the horse” I get bucked off again. Four of us were riding at Douglas Lake Ranch – one of the largest ranches in the world.  My valiant steed was named “Pudding”.  And his mannerisms …

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What Are You Thinking?

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We met John decades ago when he was 12.  He lived with his mom and brother.  He never knew his father. The family was barely scraping by. Anne and I did what we could to help the family in various ways, and enlisted the help of some of our friends as well.  At the time we were leading our church …

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For Whom Do You Communicate?

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We were sitting in his office discussing what he recognized was a problem of sorts in his leadership: the way he sometimes communicates to people.  Empathy isn’t his strong suit.  He’s a good leader and he moves the ball down the field, but it’s sometimes at the expense of relationship. He is self-aware enough to know that empathy is a …

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There Are 2 Kinds of People…

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There are 3 kinds of people in this world – those who are good at math, and those who aren’t. Ok, I guess there are just 2 kinds of people. Have you ever heard that expression – “There are 2 kinds of people…”?  I have heard multiple varieties of this euphemism.  One of my favourites comes from Clint Eastwood in …

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