Speaking

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

Featured Keynotes

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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Audiences love what Richard has to say...


Really good material

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


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Fantastic & amazing

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


Dan Wells CEO

Eye-opening

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

Thought-provoking

Very thought-provoking, memorable and engaging.


James Atack CTO

Insightful

Very insightful - on both a personal and team level.


IAN G. DIVISIONAL HEAD

Helpful & informative

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


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Openness and honesty

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


TOBIAS N. COO

Well structured

Really well structured with very practical examples.


MARTIN D. COUNTRY MANAGER

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!


BERNARD L. BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR

Best presentation

Richard delivered simply the best presentation of the day.


ALEX D. DIRECTOR

Time well spent

The best hour I've spent this entire year!


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Richard's Bio

Richard Medcalf
Founder

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 a leadership consultant and trusted advisor to exceptional CEOs & Founders of complex technology-driven businesses, and to their leadership teams. 

His clients are elite performers who've already achieved incredible things, and still have the ambition to 10x their impact and influence and achieve something that seems impossible right now. That can involve 1:1 coaching, taking the leadership team to its next level, or scaling high-performance culture throughout the business.

After a Masters Degree at Oxford University, where he came top in his year, Richard started his career in 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 President and CEO, John Chambers and Chuck Robbins, to catalyse strategic partnerships & new business models.

Richard has advised Founders and C-level execs for 20 years,  from Fortune 100 companies (Comcast, Mastercard, Sanofi, Sky, Orange, Bosch…) to high-growth tech firms (in AI, networking, robotics, fintech, …). He has overseen >$2B of deals.

Keen to marry the disciplines of strategy and leadership in service of his clients, he qualified as an executive coach with a global leadership brand before founding Xquadrant in 2017.

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.

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