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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Rules of Engagement for Leadership Teams

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Over 3 decades ago my wife and I were given great counsel as newlyweds: “Define your Rules of Engagement.” In any marriage, conflict is inevitable. In fact, in any significant relationship of depth conflict is bound to occur.   Whenever 2 human beings are involved you will at some point in time have 2 distinct perspectives, 2 unique opinions. Sure, you …

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Are You an Apple or a Mango?

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He looked at me with a big grin and a mischievous twinkle in his eye. “I have a very unique sales strategy.”, he proudly declared. I could tell this man was a character. I could tell he was outside of the norm. I was already anticipating what he was going to tell me, and he didn’t disappoint… He came from …

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Don’t Kid Yourself

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Three cars ahead of me he stepped out into traffic. It was the morning rush hour so everyone was inching along – he was not in any kind of real danger. Unbeknownst to me, I was the one who was in danger. He waved on the car in front of me, then he pointed directly at me and flagged me …

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Your Road to Glory

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“I want to start writing”, she offered with a mix of insecurity, fear and courageous resolve. Wow. Very cool. “Any idea what kind of writing?”, we inquired. “Not really, creative writing – poetry I think.”, she tentatively replied. And that was the beginning of it… Over 8 years ago good friends of ours sat with us on our deck in …

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The Power of an Affirmative Close

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“Wow, I have never experienced anything like that before!”, he commented with emotion written all over his face. We had just completed what I call an “Affirmative Close” to a segment of our leadership session. This is something I just added to our meetings. In fact, today was the first day. It clearly had a very positive impact on this …

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The Office Open Door Policy Folly

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“I have an open door policy”, she stated with proud resolve tinged with a hint of regret. Her door was always open. No matter what, no matter when, her staff could always walk into her office and touch base on whatever they wanted to discuss. Sounds good right? Maybe not… “How is that workin’ for you?”, I inquired. And then …

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The Way You Make Me Feel

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It has been said that people will forget what we said.  They may remember what we did.  But, they will always remember how we made them feel. I had the great privilege recently of participating in the global TEC/Vistage annual conference in Los Angeles.  I was one of the MCs for the event and co-led a couple of workshops.  At …

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Give Your Money and Your Time

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It charged at us with a ferocity no one in this group of leaders had experienced ever before. “What is it? What is it? What should we do? Where should we go?”. Scores of questions raced through our minds in a nanosecond. Our varied responses belied a hidden personality we had yet to see in each other. This particular group …

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Vision Caster, Catcher or Killer?

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How’s your vision? I’m not talking about your eyes, but the eyes of your heart.  Are you a visionary?  How far can you see? Every organization needs vision: they need to know where they are going, what they are capable of, what their potential is, what growth looks like.  If leadership is helping people be better, then vision is knowing …

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Focus Like a Champion

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He stood on the track intently looking down his lane.  He was loosely shaking his legs one at a time to keep them warm, to keep them relaxed.  He was training, but he needed to approach every run, every race, as if it were the Olympic Games. Every time he stepped on the track he needed to be completely focused …

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