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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Good Leaders Practice Public Nakedness

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Hold on, keep an open mind – stay with me. Before you write me off as some kind of a whacked-out leadership consultant, let me explain… I was speaking at a 2 day event with some friends in attendance I hadn’t seen for years. At lunch time I had the opportunity to speak with some of these people and catch …

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Is Bigger Really Better?

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What do you think, is bigger better? It certainly seems that many people think so. Most business leaders that I have consulted with indicate that their objective is to grow their business – to make it bigger. The implied understanding is that if it is bigger, then it is better. Our culture seems to have bought into this philosophy as …

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The First to Clap

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Have you ever been in a social setting of some sort – perhaps a business presentation or meeting, a concert, a luncheon, a speech or the like – where you were itching to clap but no one else did, so you paused until everyone else started clapping? Or, have you been in a similar social setting where clearly one person …

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Are You Still in the Fight?

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Blackhawk Down. The story of American military involvement in Somalia and a particularly gruesome battle in Mogadishu following a botched raid and the downing of two Blackhawk helicopters. A small group of elite soldiers are pinned down by an overwhelming number of Somali militia. Men are dead. Men are wounded. Those still alive are trapped in a couple locations trying …

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A Lesson from a Rock Legend

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Randy Bachman – a Canadian rock legend.   As a lead man with the Guess Who and Bachman Turner Overdrive he penned some great rock classics:  “Takin’ Care of Business”, “You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet”, “American Woman” and many more. I had the great pleasure and privilege of working with Randy on a couple of album projects.  He is a gem …

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4 Causes of an Organizational Heart Attack

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Do you know anyone who has had a heart attack?  Have you ever had a heart attack? Not fun. Heart attacks seem to sneak up on people and…bang, you’re down.  My mother died of a heart attack when I was a boy.  I have inherited her condition and would be dead of a heart attack if not for a wonderful …

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A Lesson From Rocky’s Life Philosophy

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I read a great quote recently: “You can determine the caliber of a man by the amount of opposition it takes to discourage him.” Life can be discouraging sometimes can’t it?  How much does it take to discourage you? I learned a long time ago that there are some people you want to go into battle with, and there are …

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How to See Beyond Your Blind Spots

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How many different vehicles have you driven?  Lots I’m sure.  We all know that with every vehicle there are blind spots – those parts of the vehicle that impede your vision.  We know that before we change lanes, or turn, or park, or do anything other than simply stand still, we need to look from a number of perspectives to …

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20 Seconds of Courage

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“We bought a zoo!” I recently watched this movie on a flight from Chicago to Seattle.  It was great.  It’s the true story of a man with a teenage son and a young daughter who buys a run down, dilapidated zoo. He has spent his career as a newspaper writer engaging in unique stories which enable him to pursue his …

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Building with Sacred Stones

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“Therefore, when we build let us think that we build forever.  Let it not be for present delight nor for present use alone.  Let it be such work as our descendants will thank us for, and let us think as we lay stone upon stone that a time is to come when those stones will be held sacred because our …

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