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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Educate, Celebrate and Terminate – Don’t Tolerate

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Have you ever been celebrated at your work?  Have you been tolerated at work?  Which did you prefer? No contest right?  We all want to be celebrated, to be valued, to be appreciated.  Nobody wants to be simply tolerated.  We want to know that what we do makes a difference, that who we are matters. Sadly though, there are millions …

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14 Traits of an Epic Leader

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Epic: “Heroic; majestic; impressively great; spectacular; very impressive; awesome.” (Dictionary.com) How would you describe an epic leader?  Who would you say is an epic leader?  Winston Churchill?  Martin Luther King Jr.?  Jesus Christ?  Steve Jobs? A few years ago I got to thinking about epic leadership.  It’s what I would call leadership that creates history-making change in the lives of …

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Learn to Simply Stop

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“Honey, it’s time for dinner”, announced my wife “What?  I can’t possibly stop, I have too much work to do”, I responded in my mind. I was working in my home-based office busy trying to successfully launch our first business.  Decades ago in a little rented house on the outskirts of town I deeply felt the pressure of launching a …

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The Paradox of Leadership

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Paradox: “A statement or proposition that seems self-contradictory or absurd but in reality expresses a possible truth.”  (Dictionary.com) Have you ever ridden a bicycle?  Of course you have.  Did you realize that a bicycle is a profound example of a paradox?  A paradox is something that appears to be self-contradictory, but is in actuality a profound truth. Every bicycle has …

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Curiosity is the Catalyst

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I have a friend who has been successfully battling cancer.  He is now free of cancer, but is receiving ongoing treatments to ensure it does not return.  He described the treatments to me… “They basically inject tuberculosis into my bladder.  This shocks my immune system into overdrive so it attacks and kills any remaining cancer cells.” What??  You have got …

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Will You Be A Curious Leader?

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Recently I met with an out-of-province business owner. I was learning he came from a rich family heritage including a close senior relative who had served as a beloved Premier of their province. As he relayed his recollection of his famous relative he made this statement that immediately captured my attention, “Even into his old age he remained very curious. …

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People Are Like Paintings

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What on earth am I looking at? I could paint this. That thought was rattling around in my mind as I looked at the painting in front of me.  I had never been a fan of native art, and here I was in the personal gallery of a passionate collector of Abstract North American Native Art.  This man’s personal collection …

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Human Rights and Human Responsibilities

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I stood there in the window of my hotel room looking down on the busy Vancouver intersection far below. What a marvel. Everyone was getting to where they needed to get to in an orderly fashion. Pedestrians, cyclists and motorists all happily co-existing. No accidents. No mishaps. No problems. A true example of ‘civilization’. What would happen if the power …

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How Well Can You Corner?

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The speed was overwhelming; unlike anything I had ever experienced on 4 wheels.  The acceleration felt like warp speed on the Starship Enterprise.  My helmet-clad head was pasted back on the head rest with no chance of shifting its position. The sound of the engine resonated deep within my chest and my inner ears.  The screaming cry of the 12,000 …

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What is an Entrepreneur?

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I had coffee the other week with a new friend who’s a business owner in town.  We met at Starbucks and began to connect on a wide variety of topics, getting to know each other on things past, present and future.  We chatted a little about our families as well. My friend enthusiastically told me a story about his young …

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