David MacLean

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May 15, 2020
Wholehearted Leadership Opinion: Leadership is a contact sport

Decades ago, I coached football. Years before that, I played football. Sometimes I joke that I used to be a really good athlete about 30 pounds ago. Football is a true contact sport. Hitting—physical contact—is a major part of the game. Hitting isn’t incidental to football; it’s the point.

Apr 14, 2020
Wholehearted Leadership Opinion: The Hero’s Journey puts crisis into perspective

The COVID-19 crisis has thrust all of us into an uncertain new world. But as leaders, we can seize the opportunity to embark on the Hero’s Journey, putting aside limiting thoughts and beliefs and drawing on the help and encouragement of allies...

Feb 14, 2020
Wholehearted Leadership Opinion: How well can you corner?

The speed was overwhelming, unlike anything I’d ever experienced on four wheels. The acceleration felt like warp speed on the Starship Enterprise. Pasted back on the headrest, my helmet-clad noggin had no chance of shifting its position. The sound of the...

Jan 24, 2020
Wholehearted Leadership Opinion: How do you spell success?

Do you remember that old Rolaids commercial? “How do you spell relief?” “R-O-L-A-I-D-S.” What a great campaign. I still recall it vividly it after all these years. Recently I was out for a coffee with a friend I hadn’t seen in ages. We both...

Jan 10, 2020
Wholehearted Leadership Opinion: Do you endure or endear people?

I sat in the restaurant at arm’s length from their breakfast table, watching the entire encounter transpire. I was encouraged. I was appalled. One got it. One didn’t. Randy Carlyle got it. The other former Winnipeg Jet—who shall remain nameless—didn’t. The Jets were catching an early morning flight to their next game. Randy and...

Dec 16, 2019
Wholehearted Leadership Opinion: 3 roles of a wholehearted leader

I sat there on the stage in my borrowed dress shoes, dress socks, dress pants, dress belt, dress shirt and tie. I wasn’t prepared. I had no idea I would be doing this—it was a total surprise. While the provincial premier gave his speech, I feverishly tried to get my thoughts...

Dec 5, 2019
Wholehearted Leadership Opinion: Don’t settle for three degrees from great

“That’s lame.” “There’s no way we’re doing that song—forget it.” So went the response when Randy Bachman pitched his song “White Collar Worker” to his Bachman Turner Overdrive bandmates. He liked the tune. He knew there was something special about it, but he also knew it lacked something. He just couldn’t...

Jun 4, 2018
Wholehearted Leadership Opinion: One simple question that can help you communicate better

She thought I was joking. “No, seriously, I’m not joking.” "Yes, you are—you’re pulling my leg." “No, I’m not. That’s really what I hear.” My wife and I had been watching the national news. A story came on about the latest Internet sensation to...

May 24, 2018
Wholehearted Leadership Opinion: Why you need a little grace grease

“He who covers over an offence promotes love, but whoever repeats the matter separates close friends.” “A man’s wisdom gives him patience; it is to his glory to overlook an offence.” I was thinking about these words of wisdom this week. Basically, they’re talking about grace. So, what does it mean to be...

Apr 24, 2018
Wholehearted Leadership Opinion: Get into your discomfort zone

“Dave, I’ve discovered that my comfort zone is outside my comfort zone.” What does that mean? “And I can’t remember the last time I went into work unafraid.” OK, now I was really confused... Years ago, at the beginning of my entrepreneurial journey, I...

Apr 9, 2018
Wholehearted Leadership Opinion: The importance of integrity

Integrity is “adherence to moral and ethical principles; soundness of moral character; honesty,” according to Dictionary.com. In research on leadership, integrity is consistently rated as one of the most important character traits of a respected leader. It is often considered a given—the...

Apr 5, 2018
Wholehearted Leadership Opinion: What’s on your mind?

The timing couldn’t have been worse. We were right in the middle of our session when it happened. A fire alarm. More than 20 leaders were gathered for a three-hour workshop on coaching. Kim Ades from Frame of Mind Coaching was speaking to...

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