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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The Leadership Maturity Continuum

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This week I listened to a radio broadcast celebrating the legacy of Jim Flaherty, our Federal Conservative Finance Minister who passed away this month.  Mr. Flaherty served as Canada’s Finance Minister for 8 years, and was arguably one of the world’s best. I have not been keenly aware of Mr. Flaherty as a leader, only to the point of acknowledging …

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Leadership Dementia

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My father is almost 90 years old.  He suffers from dementia. He has been slowly declining into reduced ability for a few years now.  Initially it began with a simple loss of memory.  He could communicate well, but would forget the odd detail and need to be reminded.  He then began to forget more and more details.  He would ask …

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The Accidental Leader

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There is common mindset I have discovered amongst many small business owners.  I call it the “Accidental Leader Syndrome”.  It typically occurs when the owner started the business himself, has grown it to a good size, and now finds himself in a leadership role, but he doesn’t see himself as a leader. His goal was never to be a leader.  …

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How’s Your Leadership Credit Rating?

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Are you aware of your “Leadership Credit Rating”? You are probably aware of the standard definition of a “credit rating”:  it’s an evaluation of the “credit worthiness of a debtor” – typically a business, or a government.  It’s an assessment of an organization’s risk of default.  A high credit rating indicates a low risk of default, and, therefore, an organization …

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The ADIOS Principle for Leading Meetings

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How much time have you wasted in bad meetings?  And, how much of other people’s time have you wasted because you led bad meetings? We’ve all been in those meetings that drag on and on, endlessly beating around bushes, all-the-while making no decisions and taking no action.  You leave thinking, “That was a complete waste of time!” Meetings are a …

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Don’t Bring Me Problems, Bring Solutions

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You have got to be kidding me. I am already running a little behind and now this happens! What am I supposed to do now? I am totally hooped… Those thoughts rushed through my brain in a nanosecond as I landed on the ground utterly bewildered beside my now seemingly destroyed riding mower. The large commercial lawn mower had suddenly …

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Popularity or Profitability?

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What is your objective as a leader? Popularity or profitability? Be honest now – what do you really want? Sometimes the decisions needing to be made, the actions needing to be taken, the words needing to be said, the changes needing to occur – those things that are ‘profitable’ for the people and/or the organization you are leading – may …

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Obedience versus Engagement

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There are really only two ways to do business:  Fear and Intimidation, or Trust and Relationship.  You have probably had the pain and pleasure of doing business with companies and people who are prime examples of this. Who would you rather work with – those who wield fear and intimidation or build trust and relationship? Leaders can go either way: …

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There Are No Unassisted Goals

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Did you watch the Sochi Winter Olympics? No matter what you may think about the Olympic movement, you have to appreciate the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat. The human drama we experience at the Olympics is awesome in many respects. What’s most compelling about the Olympics are the back-stories about the athletes – what they had to …

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Are You Living in ‘The Gap’?

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How much is enough? That’s a question many people never answer. How would you answer? For most people the answer is very simple, “A little more…”  In fact, when John D. Rockefeller was asked that very question his answer was, “Just a little bit more.” What an indictment.   Let me explain… When we do not answer the question of how …

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