Richard speaks regularly to executive teams and groups of leaders, and keynotes at both corporate events and public conferences.  

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Strategic Focus: How to free up time for the projects that matter

  • Learn the two ways leaders manage their time - and why the most popular approach leads to permanent overload
  • Discover the 4 essential strategies every leader needs to free up time for more strategic activity
  • Identify three immediate opportunities to create more momentum on your most strategic projects

Abstract. Research has shown that the number one issue holding tech sector managers back is knowing how to cope with the infinite demands on their time and attention. This results in overwhelmed and overloaded leaders and teams: plenty of busywork but not enough progress on the real strategic projects that will truly move the business forward.

This inspiring session pulls from my 20 years of experience working with senior leaders in the tech sector as well as extensive primary research with tech leaders on this exact topic. You will understand the real reasons why you're trapped in operations, and walk away with an inspiring new perspective and practical leadership tools to get out of the weeds and focus on what really matters.

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We've been featured on some of the world's top podcasts

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We've been featured on some of the world's top podcasts

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Audiences love what Richard has to say...


Very insightful - on both a personal and team level.


Best presentation

Richard delivered simply the best presentation of the day.


Well structured

Really well structured with very practical examples.


Helpful & informative

Thanks for a fascinating session that was very helpful and informative.


Spark self-reflection

I love Richard's ability to find the right angle of attack to spark self-reflection on my role as manager. He made me sit up and take action!


Really good material

Really good material. You helped me nail down some really practical next steps!


Fantastic & amazing

Thanks again Richard for a fantastic session which has received amazing feedback.

Dan Wells CEO

Time well spent

The best hour I've spent this entire year!



Very thought-provoking, memorable and engaging.

James Atack CTO


Thanks for the presentation. It was an eye-opener for me. I've identified 3 actions that need my immediate attention.

Timothy Kamombo Finance Director

Openness and honesty

Clear and structured, Richard brings an openness and honesty which really engaged me and helped me to apply the key messages.


Richard's Bio

Richard Medcalf

Richard Medcalf describes himself as "what you get if you were to put a McKinsey consultant, a slightly unorthodox pastor and Freddie Mercury into a blender!"

Richard is the founder of Xquadrant and a trusted advisor to some of the most successful CEOs and entrepreneurs on the planet.

Richard has advised the C-Suite for 25 years. After a Masters Degree at Oxford University, where he came top in his year, he became the youngest-ever Partner at a top strategy consultancy. He spent 11 years at tech giant Cisco in an elite team to pioneer strategic projects directly for the CEO.

Richard founded Xquadrant to help the world’s top CEOs and entrepreneurs become world-changing forces for good, creating a legacy of exponential impact.

His 1:1 clients include CEOs of billion dollar companies, an Entrepreneur of the Year, an Olympic medallist, and founders of tech 'unicorns'. Richard also runs the CEO programme Rivendell and is the author of Making Time For Strategy.

Richard is bi-national English/French, lives near Paris, and is happily married and the proud father of two. He's a licensed lay minister in the Anglican Church, and has an insatiable love for spicy food and the electric guitar.

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