Coffey talks with executive coach and consultant Richard Medcalf about strategy, leadership, and purpose. They discuss the the three components of leadership; the commitments required for successful teams; leadership as a skill, not just an inherent trait; strategy vs. “smatergy”; keeping leaders focused on strategy rather than “managing infinity,” and four conversations every leadership team needs to have to move organizations forward.

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Richard Medcalf

Richard Medcalf

Richard Medcalf is the founder of Xquadrant and host of The Impact Multiplier CEO podcast.

Richard 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 an executive coach & leadership consultant to exceptional founders & CEOs and 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 more than $2B of deals.

Keen to marry the disciplines of strategy and leadership in service of his clients, he qualified as a senior leadership consultant and executive coach 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. 

Richard’s work can be found at:

Richard offers a free email course called Taking your Team from Good to Great (An Executive’s Guide).

In this short, free, email series on how top executives build world-class leadership teams (even when they have pressing business goals to focus on), you’ll learn

  • Why what you’ve been taught team development doesn’t work
  • A new way to understand leadership team effectiveness
  • Why a team-building session is probably the wrong thing to do
  • The conversations you need to be having – but aren’t
  • Practical next steps to create a major improvement in just a few weeks

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