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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Who Says “No” to You?

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“I don’t think you understand, nobody says “no” to Mr. Smith.” And the meeting summarily ended. The background to this encounter involved a high profile, high-powered TV personality who was invited to take his show on the road to Britain.  The two British leaders hoping to work with him had flown to his headquarters in the US.  They were ushered …

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Do You Accelerate or Hesitate?

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My dad used to say to me, “Son, he who hesitates is lost. You gotta be decisive!” I think he is right – most of the time. There are certainly times when we need to hesitate in order to be decisive. But what I gathered from his sage advice is that when it’s time to make a decision you need …

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3 Degrees from Great

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“That is lame.” “There is no way we are doing that song – forget it.” And so went the response to Randy Bachman’s pitching of his song “White Collar Worker” to his BTO band mates. He liked the song. He knew there was something great about it, but he also knew it was lacking something – he just couldn’t put …

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The Power of Empathy and Compassion

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“Teenage male – unconscious with no pulse.” Inspector Shields heard the call over his radio. He was the RCMP duty officer at the time. He thought he would respond to see if there was any assistance he could provide to the emergency responders, or to the family of the young man. What he discovered when he arrived was every parent’s …

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Is Your Organization a Cruise Ship or a Battle Ship?

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There are some people who picture their work like being on a cruise ship. Cruise ship people believe they are entitled to a vast array of comforts and conveniences. They expect the food to be exceptional, their needs to be catered to and the overall experience to very pleasant. When things aren’t the way they expect it to be they …

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The 3 Roles of a Wholehearted Leader

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I sat there on the stage in my borrowed dress shoes, dress socks, dress pants, dress belt, dress shirt and tie.  I was not prepared for this.  I had no idea I would be doing this – it was a total surprise.  I was feverishly trying to get my thoughts together while the Premier gave his speech.  It was no …

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What Kind of ‘Fruit’ Are You Producing?

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Recently a trade deal was announced by Canada’s Minister of Agriculture that would see the doors open up for British Columbia cherries to be shipped to China.  Long anticipated, this deal was 7 years in the making.  China obviously represents a huge market for cherry growers, so this was good news indeed. As many people across North America and around …

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Prosperity for Purpose

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A number of years ago I served as the President of our local Chamber of Commerce.  I found when I was President of the Chamber that I felt a certain degree of pressure to determine what the legacy of my leadership would be. How would things be different because of how I led? As best I could I endeavored to …

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How Do You Spell Success?

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Do you remember that old Rolaids commercial? “How do you spell ‘relief’?” “R-O-L-A-I-D-S” What a great campaign. “When you want relief from heart burn and acid indigestion – Rolaids.” I still remember it after all these years. Recently I was out for a coffee with a friend of mine I hadn’t seen in quite some time. We both started businesses …

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Our Leadership Priorities are Upside Down

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Have you noticed anything lately about leaders in the news? It’s probably nothing new, but in this age of instant access to information through social media we are being inundated with the unsavory details of leader’s private and public lives. I am noticing how often we hear about flaws, foibles and failings. Moral failings, financial mismanagement and a general lack …

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