Elevate your leadership forever.
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Shift from incremental progress to breakthrough results
Get clear on your most strategic activities
Build a robust plan to quickly free up time
Win over your key stakeholders
Upgrade your ongoing ways of working
Address the beliefs that keep you stuck
Create a culture of focus in your business
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Your future success as a leader depends on your ability to extract yourself from operational minutiae and make time for strategic activity.
If you’re having trouble getting out of the weeds, you don’t need a new productivity tip.
You do need to get clear on your most strategic activities and then address four key factors – Tactics, Influence, Mindset, Environment (T.I.M.E.) – because elevating your focus is a personal leadership challenge.
The book draws upon the author's extensive work with top executives to offer a complete set of strategies for any busy leader wanting to elevate their focus. Along the way you’ll be inspired and entertained with relatable stories of other managers who have been on the journey.
Making Time For Strategy will radically change how you think about your own path to leadership impact, and give you practical tools and strategies to move you away from incremental progress and closer to breakthrough results – whether you are a CEO, C-Suite executive or other ambitious leader looking to make extraordinary leaps forward.
Appreciation for Making Time For Strategy
Richard Medcalf has provided a wonderful kick in the rear for any of us to stop and rethink our priorities and has provided a menu of effective and easy ways to help us implement them. The better (and busier) you are, the better this book could get you to be.
David Allen (Author of the international bestseller, Getting Things Done, the Art of Stress-Free Productivity)
“Fast-paced and well-designed … strong, intensely readable, convincing.”
~ Kirkus Independent Book Reviews
“Medcalf has made time management theory approachable and actionable, paving the way for breakthrough impact from the individual level to the scope of the company and its entire culture."
~ Ali Fenn (formerly President, ITRenew)
“One of the most useful and powerful books I have read in years. Are you too busy? Then make time to read this practical roadmap. I’ve been in business for longer than I care to remember and I found myself making notes and thinking how I could make more time for strategic projects. You should do the same.”
~ David Cleevely CBE (Co-Founder, Cambridge Angels)
“Read this book and get inspired to change. You’ll find clear steps and straight-forward tools to help assess and define your roadmap to spending more time on what is important.”
~ Christopher Traggio (CEO, Voo)
“Richard’s super power is helping you see what you can't, then helping you 10x your strengths while being aware of what's holding you back. Through his own vulnerability, authenticity, and humour he sheds a pragmatic light on how to take back control of our most precious resource....time.”
~ Kelly Manthey (CEO, Kin+Carta)
“Reading Richard Medcalf’s ‘Making Time for Strategy’ was the best investment I have made in recent years. I was thrilled by this extremely useful and comprehensive approach on how to avoid drowning in operational issues and focus on your highest value activities instead. Fun to read and full of spot-on analysis and real-life examples.”
~ Jean-Baptiste Lucas (CEO, McPhy)
“It can seem impossible to take time to reflect and work on the really strategic issues. Richard takes you on a journey that will change your perspective forever. A crisp and clear game-changing guide to increase your impact many times over.”
~ David Engel (CEO, Drake & Farrell)
“Richard Medcalf has a terrific way of getting to the heart of things that encourages people to change. Making Time For Strategy is a thoroughly enjoyable leadership book that is smart without being remotely academic. I would go as far as saying it is indispensable for any executive ready to up their game.”
~ Davina Stanley (CEO, Founder, Clarity First Program)
“Richard’s methodology and frameworks for making the space to define and implement strategic initiatives can be applied on both a business and individual level. I highly recommend this book for anyone looking to drive meaningful change in their business, career or personal life.”
~ J Schwan (former CEO, Kin+Carta)
“Richard has a knack for translating complicated topics and distilling them into easy-to-use tactics. This book is a perfect example of his work. Loved it.”
~ Simon Leslie (CEO, Ink Global)
“This is an indispensable guide to simplifying our lives and making time for what matters. The book has an impressive span, from tactics that improve our time management to challenging our deeply-held assumptions. What’s more, Richard has delivered all of this in an engaging manner and at a brisk pace.”
~ Mohsin Majid (CEO, Malta Properties)
“The right book at the right time. Insightful, practical and inspiring. Richard has written a ‘must read’ for executives who are looking to navigate endless demands on their time and ensure they are achieving their maximum impact.”
~ Craig Butterworth (Chief Commercial Officer, Droit)
“Instrumental in shifting my mindset and behaviours regarding onboarding my new executive team. I plan on working through the book with them.”
~ Abe Klassen (President & CEO, MC3 Manufacturing Inc.)