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Podcast Interview with Richard Medcalf

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In this episode of the I AM CEO Podcast, host Gresham Harkless interviews Richard Medcalf, the founder of Xquadrant, a coaching company that provides strategic guidance to CEOs and entrepreneurs. Richard is also the author of the book “Making Time for Strategy,” which offers practical tools to help leaders achieve breakthrough results.

Richard describes himself as a blend of a McKinsey consultant, a slightly unorthodox pastor, and an entrepreneur. In his CEO story, he shares that his focus has been on coaching CEOs and executives to become more strategic. He emphasizes the importance of getting rid of operational tasks and creating space for strategic thinking. This realization led him to write his book, which explores counterintuitive truths that can transform leadership impact.

The key business service provided by Xquadrant is coaching, and Richard highlights the importance of T.I.M.E. tactics in his book. This includes focusing on time workflow, renegotiating with those around you, examining mindset, and creating an environment that fosters breakthroughs.

Richard's secret sauce lies in the clarity of thinking and driving that clarity into action to achieve desired results. His CEO hack is about finding the balance between structure and creativity, emphasizing the value of having a framework while allowing space for innovative thinking.

One of Richard's CEO nuggets is strategic laziness, which involves identifying key activities that can have a significant impact on overall success. According to him, being a CEO means taking total ownership of the project and driving it forward.

Listeners can find more information about Richard Medcalf and Xquadrant on their websites at and They can also connect with Richard on LinkedIn.

Overall, this episode offers insights from Richard Medcalf, an author, and coach who helps his clients achieve strategic results through his company, Xquadrant. Listeners can gain valuable knowledge on strategic thinking, leadership impact, and practical tools to make time for strategy and achieve breakthrough results.

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Richard Medcalf Teaser 00:00

Yeah, I think I've been trying to think about this recently. Actually, what is it it's one of the questions you're always asking yourself, right? What's the key essence? And I think what people say to me is it's this, clarity of thinking to really understand the complexity and not break it down and make sense of it, but then to drive it down into action, which is really what we said, right?

So I want to understand its structure, but not just stay in the clouds, but really make it concrete. What am I going to do? How do I get it into a result?

Intro 00:25

Do you want to learn effective ways to build relationships, generate sales, and grow your business from successful entrepreneurs, startups, and CEOs without listening to a long, long, long interview?

If so, you've come to the right place. Gresham Harkless values your time and is ready to share with you precisely the information you're in search of.

This is the I AM CEO podcast.

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Gresham Harkless 00:53

Hello. Hello. This is Gresh from the I AM CEO podcast and I appreciate you listening to this episode. If you've been listening this year, you know that we've hit 1600 episodes at the beginning of this year. We're doing something a little bit different where we're repurposing our favorite episodes around certain categories, topics, or as I like to call them, business pillars that we think are going to be extremely impactful for CEOs, entrepreneurs, and business owners, just like you, what I like to call the CB Nation architects who are looking to level up their organizations.

This month, we are focusing on CEO Hacks and CEO Nuggets. This is by far one of my favorite questions I asked on the show. In other words, I asked, what are the apps, books, and habits that make you more effective and efficient? Those were the CEO hacks. Then I asked for a word of wisdom or a piece of advice or something that you might tell your younger business if you were to hop into a time machine and those were the CEO nuggets. That's what we'll focus on this month and some of the top ones that can instantly impact your business.

I love all the questions, but with every episode, I thought I would walk away with something I could look at and implement right there to save the precious resources, time and money. Or I would also learn about the advice, tips, and tidbits or tools of the trade on how to level up our organization. So you'll hear some of these this month. So sit back and enjoy this special episode of the I AM CEO podcast.

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Hello. Hello. Hello. This is Gresh from the I AM CEO podcast. I have a special guest back on the show. I have Richard Medcalf of X Quadrant. Richard, excited to have you back on my friend.

Richard Medcalf 02:28

Yeah. Gresh. Hi, it's great to see you again, and look forward to having this conversation.

Gresham Harkless 02:33

Yes, absolutely. You're doing so many phenomenal things, which I'll talk about a little bit. So super excited to have you back on and of course, before we jump into that conversation, I want to read a little bit more about Richard. So you can hear about some of those awesome things he's been working on.

Richard describes himself as what you get if you were to put a McKinsey consultant, a slightly unorthodox pastor, and an entrepreneur into a blender. He's the founder of X Quadrant, a trusted advisor to exceptional CEOs and entrepreneurs and their leadership teams, and his new book, Making Time for Strategy, will radically change how you think about your path to leadership impact and give you practical tools to move you away from incremental progress and closer to breakthrough results.

Richard, again, excited to have you on the show, and hear more about your book and all the awesome things you're doing. Are you ready to speak to the I AM CEO community?

Richard Medcalf 03:19

Absolutely. Let's do this.

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