Introducing Xquadrant Core: A hybrid coaching programme for ambitious executives to help you continually grow your impact, push your thinking and hone your leadership capabilities, in a supportive peer environment.
To reach your next destination, find the vehicle that will take you there.
Everyone who is serious about multiplying their impact rapidly discovers that the #1 thing holding them back from their next level is themselves. The very things that made us successful in the path are the very things that will hold us back from our next level of impact.
So the path to increased success will be found in our personal and professional transformation.
We often try to build our skill set alone. However, it's hard to develop new leadership skills when we're in the whirlwind of operations with little time to step back and think. So progress is slow and sporadic.
One secret to accelerated success is our environment: the people we surround ourselves with, the ideas we engage with, and the vehicles we put in place to push ourselves forward.
But many leaders haven't built this kind of environment around them that will help them continually challenge their own thinking and raise their game.
Xquadrant Core has been designed to be that environment! It brings together all the elements: deep 1:1 coaching, a trusted community of peers, accountability mechanisms.
--Richard Medcalf, Founder
Introducing Xquadrant Core
Xquadrant Core is designed to help you continually grow your impact, push your thinking and hone your leadership capabilities, in a supportive peer environment.
Xquadrant Core is a hybrid coaching programme, with a lightweight structure to continually grow the influence and impact of top performing leaders.
You'll receive dedicated 1:1 coaching, as well as experiencing the power of being coached within a small group context. There are no more than 4 people in any one cohort, creating a supportive and attentive atmosphere, with the benefit of peer support and encouragement.
There's a quarterly theme to help direct attention and grow in different ways, though you can be coached on whatever you want or need during any of the sessions.
How it works
Taking an athletics analogy, we build 'core (leadership) muscle' by focusing on the following areas:
You'll pinpoint and address areas of weakness, and eliminate habits that are diminishing your influence.
You'll shift habitual knee-jerk reflexes, deal with areas of procrastination, or address inefficiencies in your working approach.
You'll work on technique & mastery of your most valuable skills - moving from 'good to great' through deliberate practice.
You'll expand your sense of possibility, vision, visibility and ambition, ready to start the cycle of levelling-up once again.
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.
I found the programme to be a huge eye-opener and somewhat “life changing”. My expectation of myself changed significantly (for the better) as the course progressed. It has been hugely beneficial for me and personally, I feel I have developed as a manager, both from a delegation perspective and a team assessment perspective. Some of the tools Richard provided were brilliant.
I feel more empowered now
I have made progress on my two highest value activities. I feel more on my own agenda as opposed to others, and have made significant progress in managing calendar and repurposing meetings and projects. I am working on "purpose" and thinking more about my own purpose and strategic direction moving forward as well as my functional work.
I learned to slow down to speed up. Being more mindful about what is working and what isn't, what's adding value and what isn't and what motivates/demotivates me and recognising how I can get the best out of me. I am planning my time better and adapting, managing what I do and don't do in a more considered way and as a result this has had a big impact on my motivation and my output.
I felt like I was lacking a little bit of control and direction [when a began the programme]. I was getting frustrated by things but not doing anything to meaningfully change them. I feel more empowered now.
More time for high-value activities
I was hoping to improve my acumen and leadership skills. I was concerned that professional coaching was airy-fairy, but Xquadrant's coaching was anything but. Since working with Xquadrant, I have been able to prioritise my activities, creating more time for high value activities, learnt what is and is not important to me, to better delegate, and to think in a new way.
I would definitely recommend this type of work, and I have recommended it to my manager who is now working with Richard.
Personalised coaching plan
I was hoping that coaching would help my development as a growing manager - in learning to manage larger teams, improve my management skills. My biggest hesitation was that this would be generic material or the same tips/tricks you see in all articles. The positive reality was that Richard from Xquadrant provided a very personalised coaching plan, kept us accountable and had regular check ins to ensure we were achieving our goals!
The benefits of the work with Xquadrant are that I have successfully delegated a lot of my work to provide myself the time desired to do higher level strategic work. I have a clearer vision of what I need to do to stay on track to continue making positive progress.
[When I started the programme], I was in the loop on EVERYTHING. Very hands-on, tactical, and involved. Not micro-managing but always the first point of contact. Now, I feel like more of a leader - providing guidance and support to my team and letting them shine. I feel like I've grown in this position more in the last few months than in the last year I've been here. I accomplished a lot in that year but yesterday my boss acknowledged me as an example of a strong leader who has molded my team and that was amazing. Better than any specific accomplishment, that is how I want to be seen!
By delegating and supporting (instead of just doing), I have seen the members of my team flourish. They have opportunities for visibility and to show the value they are adding to the organization. I have had a few 'proud mama' moments just today and it so much more satisfying to see them succeed with my leadership versus just doing it for them. I really have found time in my schedule for 'thinking' and realized that I am not missed at those meetings I no longer attend (at least no one has reached out to me with their hair on fire).
Frequently Asked Questions
The next cohort begins in January 2022.
This is a global group as it brings diversity of perspective and unlocks new networks and opportunities.
The programme is delivered virtually and calls are suitable for European time zones, and we run different cohorts that are also suitable for American and Asian timezones.
Membership is for a six months or a year at a time, and by invitation or application only.
Xquadrant Core is for you if...
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This isn't for everybody. You need to be serious about your own personal and professional growth, and eager to multiply your impact. However, if you’re ready to be challenged and stretched, and be part of something special, then let’s talk.