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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Measurement Matters

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58, 60, 63, 64.2 and holding… Yeah baby! 64.2 km/h, or 40.6 mph. Not bad. The water was like glass, the sun was warm and low in the sky, and I was enjoying the last day on the lake in my 1962 Chris Craft. I had the original 283 c.i. small block Chevy engine rebuilt, but I had not determined …

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An Attitude of Gratitude

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For the most part, everybody likes a party. There are lots of different reasons to throw a party: birthdays, holidays, Christmas, retirements, Tupperware, engagements, anniversaries, etc. We really don’t need a reason for a party, but it always helps to have a special occasion of some kind to provide us with the impetus to bring a group of people together …

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Set Sail and Run Aground

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“More power.  More power.  Try it in reverse now.  Rock it back and forth.  Everyone move to the bow.” Yup, we were stuck.  Grounded – or ‘run aground’ in nautical terms. We were leaving a small crescent-shaped caye and following the charts in what was supposed to be a narrow channel deep enough for us to pass through with no …

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The One Word for Health, Wealth and Happiness

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He sat there in first class staring out the window, still fuming from the fight he had with his wife.  His body position shouted “keep away” to those who sat next to or near him.  He didn’t want to have to speak with anyone – he wanted to be alone.  The dark cloud that surrounded him was almost palpable to …

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Limit Your Limiting Beliefs

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There we were in an incredible, pristine Costa Rican rainforest. Our biologist guide had led us to one of the most amazing trees I have ever seen – the Strangler Fig. What a diabolical epiphyte. Here’s what it does: seeds of the Strangler Fig land in the canopy of a massive, healthy rainforest tree – typically in the form of …

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Community is Critical

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Have you ever been to a social event where you didn’t know anyone?  It can be a little awkward can’t it?  Or, it can be a little adventurous…Who will you meet?  What can you learn?  What interesting people are here with whom you would never otherwise have the opportunity to connect? Last year I found myself in this very scenario.  …

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John Wayne, True Grit and Courageous Leadership

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John Wayne.  An iconic man’s man.  I remember the first time I saw a John Wayne movie when I was a boy.  True Grit.  It was the late 60’s and my dad took us to the 17th St. Drive In, in Calgary.  We had an old wood paneled Ford station wagon – sleeping bags in the back for when we …

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The Power of Storyselling

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A very good friend of mine is an excellent artist. He paints full-time and makes his living solely through the sale of his paintings. He can paint anything, but for whatever reason he is captivated by river rocks. A number of years ago, before he became the accomplished painter that he is today, he told me a story of an …

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Leadership is a Contact Sport

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Actually, ‘life’ is a contact sport. Decades ago I coached football.  And, years before that I played football.  Sometimes I joke that I used to be a really good athlete about 30 pounds ago. Football is a true contact sport.  Hitting – physical contact – is a major part of the game.  Hitting is not an incidental aspect of the …

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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 has made, and the …

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