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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Fail Fast, Fail Often

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“I’m having a really tough time teaching my people to embrace failure.” What?  Did I hear my client correctly?  Does he really want his people to fail? “So, if I understand you correctly, you want your people to fail.”, I clarified. “Absolutely.  My mantra is ‘fail fast, fail often.’”, he replied. As we unpacked his philosophy, his brilliance began to …

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How Much is Enough?

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John D. Rockefeller, the founder of Standard Oil, is arguably considered the richest person in modern history.  In the early 1900’s he was a billionaire – the first ever American billionaire. When a reporter asked him, “How much money is enough?” He infamously responded, “Just a little bit more.” Ah yes, the age old question, “How much is enough?” We …

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People and Things

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There is a critical decision we all must make.  None can circumvent the scope of this question. In fact, some may say it is THE decision that will determine the quality of your leadership and life.  One could argue that your answer to this question determines the ultimate legacy of your life.  Your answer will most certainly impact the quality …

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Your Life is Like a Tape Measure

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He reached behind himself, pulled a tape measure off his desk, and held it up in front of me. “Dave, your life is like this tape measure.” The tape measure was a typical 25’ contractor-style measuring tape.  Nothing special about the tape measure itself.  I didn’t know where he was going with this, but then the lesson began… “Let’s say …

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Don’t Give Up!

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Do you ever want to throw in the towel? “Throwing in the towel” is actually a boxing expression.  If a trainer saw that his boxer was being severely beaten, he would throw a towel into the ring as a sign of defeat.  It’s now a popular cultural expression meaning to quit or give up. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed by …

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Less But Better

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“Well you’re bigger, but are you better?” My accountant uttered these profound words to me after our second year in business.  This was close to 20 years ago after I started my marketing agency in the spare bedroom of our home. Much to my surprise, we had done really well in our first year, and had moved to downtown offices.  …

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Hands, Head, Heart

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Have you ever shopped at IKEA? Pretty amazing isn’t it?!  Where else can you buy a kitchen and put it together with an Allen Key. IKEA was founded in Sweden in 1943 by Ingvar Kamprad when he was 17 years old.  The acronym IKEA is made up of the initials of his name, plus those of Elmtaryd, the family farm …

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Improving Your Corporate Agility

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Did you ever participate in the Canada Fitness Awards in the 1970’s and 80’s? Back in the day the Canadian government launched a national fitness program for kids called the Canada Fitness Awards.  Apparently a fitness stat at the time was that an average 65 year old Swede was in better shape than a decades younger Canadian.  So, as a …

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Pay The Man

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I was busted.  I could see the flashing lights in my rear view mirror and knew he was after me. I couldn’t believe it.  I was doing the speed limit… sort of.  The speed limit was 110 km/h and I was well within my 10% allotment. Everybody knows the police allow 10% above the speed limit. This wasn’t a radar …

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Brothers’ Speeches

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We have 2 sons.  They are 13.5 months apart. For the most part they were raised like twins.  They would both learn things at the same time:  skiing, swimming, riding a bike, etc., Benjamin just learned everything a year earlier than David. Needless to say, they were very close growing up.  However, we learned quite early that we actually had …

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