There's still another level of impact waiting for you
Introducing Rivendell - an extraordinary community of world-class CEOs and entrepreneurs.
Being a mission-driven impactful CEO is one thing.
Being surrounded by them is another.
Most people believe CEOs to be at the top of their game. But the truth is it's just the start.
I coach ambitious CEOs leading fast-growing tech-driven businesses. My clients include the CEO of a $2 billion IT services group, the founder of a hugely successful telecoms new entrant, and the CEO of a scale-up tech ‘unicorn' that raised record-levels of financing. And when you’re in top leadership, there are some specific challenges that emerge:
In other words, your default future is great, but you know you can create exponentially more impact on all of your stakeholders. The path to this preferred future involves stepping out of the day-to-day and engaging in high-value conversations and high-level relationships.
That's where the magic happens and this is why Rivendell is my #1 project.
--Richard Medcalf, Founder
Rivendell is an international community of leaders who are ready to change the world.
An extraordinary peer community of world-class entrepreneurs and CEOs, to help you think & lead at a whole new level and multiply your impact, within your business and upon the world.
Your mission: multiplying your impact 10-100 times
We are committed to helping each member create an order-of-magnitude increase in their positive impact - within your business and upon the world. You're already successful. We'll help you achieve the impossible and create the legacy of impact that you were born for.
Our commitment: we each make this community extraordinary
Rivendell is a transformative experience
Everyone in the group is extremely successful and at the top of their game. I could write a whole essay about my learning from those few hours that we had last week!
This is in another league from my YPO group!
What Rivendell provides
Be challenged and get fresh perspective on what matters
Your time is incredibly valuable: you don’t want fluff but you do want powerful input that makes a difference.
So the agenda is YOU. Our goal is that every hour spent with the Rivendell community creates powerful leverage and "ROI" in the rest of your work and life.
Grow game-changing, trusted
You’ll be part of an elite cohort of up to 10 top CEOs in relevant but non-competing sectors.
You’ll build deep relationships with high-achieving peers who share the same pressures and who really get you.
Just one of these relationships could open up a major, multi-million, opportunity.
Expand your vision
Our very best ideas come when we create time for space and reflection. We’ll help you think bigger and expand your sense of legacy.
What’s the impact that you want to make in the world, on your customers and on your team? What’s so important to you that you want to 10X or 100X it?
Become the leader who can achieve the impossible
Many CEO groups end up just addressing tactical or strategic business issues. We’ll help with those, but the deeper question is: what’s your stretch to lead at a whole new level?
A key part of what we'll work on is the deep inner game. Who do you need to BE to create exponential impact in your world?
Q1 RETREAT: A mission so big nothing will stop you (March)
Deepening and clarifying your purpose and your moonshot, so you become an unstoppable force.
Q2 FORUM: 'The President is on the line' (June)
Building 'impossible relationships' to accelerate and multiply your impact way beyond what you've already achieved.
Q3 RETREAT: Breaking through the upper limit (September)
Letting go of the stories and fears that are keeping you in your comfort zone, despite being the senior and impressive leader you are.
Q4 FORUM: Hell No, Hell Yes (December)
Making the difficult choices that will catapult you forward.
Every member is hand picked
Part of the magic of Rivendell is the calibre of members. We carefully filter every applicant to create an extraordinary community of people who are successful but not complacent.
Current and former members include:
The community is curated by Richard Medcalf
Richard Medcalf describes himself as "what you get if you were to put a McKinsey consultant, a slightly unorthodox pastor and an entrepreneur into a blender".
Richard is the founder of Xquadrant and a trusted advisor to exceptional CEOs and entrepreneurs, and their leadership teams.
Richard has advised business owners and C-level execs for over 25 years. After a Masters Degree at Oxford University, where he came top in his year, Richard joined a premier strategy consultancy where he rose to become the youngest-ever Partner. He then spent 11 years at tech giant Cisco, firstly elevating Cisco’s relevance in the C-suite of its Fortune 100 customers before being selected for an elite team set up by Cisco’s CEO to catalyse strategic partnerships & new business models.
Richard founded Xquadrant in 2017, with the mission of helping elite leaders reinvent their 'success formula' and multiply their impact on their purpose, their people and their profit.
His personal 1:1 clients include CEOs of billion dollar companies, a Chairman nominated by EY as Entrepreneur of the Year, an Olympic medallist, and the founders of tech 'unicorns'. Richard also runs the high-end CEO community, Rivendell. His book, Making Time For Strategy, will be published in January 2023.
Richard is bi-national English/French, lives near Paris, and is happily married and the proud father of two. He's also a licensed lay minister in the Anglican Church, and has an insatiable love for spicy food and the electric guitar.
Frequently Asked Questions
The community is live and running. We accept new cohorts twice per year, and often have a waiting list. Please speak to us about the next available opening.
Membership is confidential. However, we can guarantee that every single member is a CEO, President or Founder of a significant tech/digital growth business. More importantly, we interview each applicant to ensure a fit in terms of values and ambition. Speak to us live about this.
This is a global group, and the international composition is important to us, as it brings diversity of perspective and unlocks new networks and opportunities.
It's highly likely that calls will be convenient for Europe and the Americas - and inconvenient for the Far East and Australasia. However, we may run a second cohort to accommodate those time zones, so do reach out if you are inspired by the mission and values of the group.
Membership is by invitation or application only so that we maintain the "A+" calibre of participants.
We ask you to formally commit for a year at a time, but with mental three-year minimum commitment to the group. Whist you'll get great value in year one, our experience is that the impact of community compounds over time, and your results after three years will be exponentially greater.
There are under 5 places currently available for the next cohort. We want to make sure every single leader in the group is a great fit, because the programme is designed to be uncomfortable and challenging and to push you to your highest level.
Rivendell is the place for you if...
Rivendell is NOT the place for you if...
We don’t admit direct competitors for obvious reasons.
In a nutshell, we seek world-class CEOs who ‘want’ this community but don’t ‘need’ it.
You should be a little intimidated by us. And we should be a little intimidated by you!
If you’re looking for something entirely ‘cookie cutter’, this isn’t for you. This is a community to participate in and not a product to consume. However, if you’re ready to be challenged and stretched, and be part of something special, then let’s talk.