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Author: Richard Medcalf of Xquadrant

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As a CEO, you’ve demonstrated your ability to solve complex problems and achieve extraordinary results. You've skills, resources and experience. But you have the potential for even greater impact and a more satisfying legacy. What will it take to multiply your positive impact - in the business, for your people, and in the world at large?

Join Richard Medcalf, Founder of Xquadrant, together with co-host Stephanie Frackowiak and high-impact CEOs from some of the world’s most exciting firms - for a perspective-shifting conversation at the intersection of strategy, leadership and purpose.

Welcome to the Impact Multiplier CEO podcast.
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“I've always had a strong core belief in making connections. I believe that these connections are literally one of the most basic needs of human existence." Keri Gilder (CEO of Colt Technology) talks with Xquadrant's Founder Richard Medcalf.  We are continuing our season on "CEO Success Formulae", where highly impactful CEOs share what’s driven their success to date - and explore what it will take to reach the next level.
Today Xquadrant Founder Richard Medcalf introduces our new podcast season. Season 4 is entitled "CEO Success Formulae". Highly impactful CEOs share what’s driven their success to date - and explore what it will take to reach the next level.
Today we’re wrapping up Season 3, focused on High Value-Creating Leadership Teams. Richard Medcalf recaps the main areas we've focused on in the season, and talks about how you can practically make some shifts in how your executive team creates value.
"You need to deal with the whirlwind of operations, but you also need to come out of the storm and work on the structural issues. When you do that, everything changes." As a CEO or other senior leader, how do you make sure you spend more time on the strategic topics you know really need to be addressed and not so much time on operational topics? Today we’re continuing Season 3, focused on High Value-Creating Leadership Teams. Richard Medcalf and Davina Stanley discuss senior leadership teams getting stuck in operations. We also discuss the 'identity and purpose conversation' - and how to use it to avoid operational topics from swamping your team agenda.
"Events inspire, processes transform. So work on the process surrounding your offsite much more than the retreat itself!" As a CEO or other senior leader, how do you feel when after a leadership retreat you come up with a bunch of incredible ways to up-level your business, but a few months later, all those ideas have died a quiet death, and business is much the same as before? Today we’re continuing Season 3, focused on High Value-Creating Leadership Teams. Richard Medcalf and Davina Stanley discuss what we can do to implement all the good stuff from our off-sites and the practical ways to maintain awareness and focus, and to eliminate lower-value activities.
"Less is more, and making a breakthrough on one major issue is more valuable than minor updates, discussions and rubber-stamping a whole bunch of smaller issues." As a CEO or other senior leader, what do you do when your leadership team meetings aren't the strategic decision-making powerhouses that you'd like and when they're frankly a bit "meh"? What's the #1 issue your team really needs to breakthrough right now? Today we’re continuing Season 3, focused on High Value-Creating Leadership Teams. Richard Medcalf and Davina Stanley discuss what makes leadership team meetings flat and uninspiring. We also discuss the communication tactics and what to do if I'm a CEO and my executive team meetings need a boost.
"As a leader, it's your job to create an environment where every voice around the table is heard and every perspective is valued." As a CEO or other senior leader, how balanced are the discussions in your team meetings? Are they productive and inspiring or long-winded and unbalanced? Today we’re continuing Season 3, focused on High Value-Creating Leadership Teams. Richard Medcalf and Davina Stanley discuss how to deal with and improve the quality of your leadership team discussions permanently so they become richer, more effective and balanced.
"There are plenty of teams who get on well, have a decent know/like/trust factor, are quite happy arguing over various business decisions, but who don’t address the big issues together." As a CEO or other senior leader, what do you think about the quality of conversations in your leadership team? Are they bold and honest, or are there important issues that are not being surfaced? Today we’re continuing Season 3, focused on High Value-Creating Leadership Teams. Richard Medcalf and Davina Stanley discuss how to create the right forums and set things up to make it easy to hold people accountable and deal with toxic behaviours. We also discuss the one big metric that will determine the level of quality discussion your team truly has.
"If there are silos in your leadership team, these will spread across the entire organisation." As a CEO or other senior leader, what do you do when everyone in your leadership team is focused on their functional silos? What are the specific negative impacts of silo-thinking? Today we’re continuing Season 3, focused on High Value-Creating Leadership Teams. Richard Medcalf and Davina Stanley discuss what it looks like when your leadership team are functionally focused, the specific negative impacts of silo-thinking, and ways to shift your executive team into a more collaborative and organisation-first approach.
We're taking a break from the regular episodes for the holiday season. Here's a short reflection by Richard on how you can make the year ahead exponentially more impactful.
We're taking a break from the regular episodes for the holiday season. This is just a very short informal episode. Richard gives his thoughts on 3 key words to reflect on this Christmas and prepare yourself for a meaningful New Year.
S3E3 - There’s not enough ownership in my team "It’s better to be 60% right with 100% ownership than to be 100% right with 60% ownership." As a CEO or other senior leader, do you think your team is not taking ownership of problems? Today we’re continuing Season 3, focused on High Value-Creating Leadership Teams. Richard Medcalf and Davina Stanley discuss what causes high achievers to fail to take ownership of problems. We also discuss specific strategies for CEOs who want to increase ownership in their team.
S3E2 - What's holding your executive team back? “No organisation can be healthier than its number 1 team." As a CEO or other senior leader, how do you know what’s holding your executive team back? And holding it back from what? Today we’re continuing Season 3, focused on High Value-Creating Leadership Teams. Richard Medcalf and Davina Stanley discuss how to build an objective view of what’s holding your team back from greater impact. We also discuss the different tools you can use to help you understand your team.
“There’a difference between a group of highly valuable people and a high value-creating team." As a CEO or other senior leader how do you know if your executive team is under-performing? If they are, how do you get them to become a high performing team? Today we’re starting Season 3 of the Impact Multiplier CEO Podcast: High Value-Creating Leadership Teams. Richard Medcalf is joined by Davina Stanley, CEO of the Clarity First Program, and we look at what you can do to transform your leadership team from a group of high performing people to a high value-creating team.
“The challenge is how do we get back to operating as close as possible to normality while not being normal at all." In this episode of Leadership Lessons for Challenging Times, Michel Emelianoff, Chief Executive of Visiomed, a telemedicine solutions for healthcare professionals, talks with Xquadrant's Founder Richard Medcalf. Michel has been developing and transforming technology businesses for the last 27 years, and has broad experience in BtoB, software/hardware and services.
“I'm a big fan of trying and failing, keep on going, keep on trying." In this episode of our series Leadership Lessons for Challenging Times, Bhavesh Vaghela, Chief Executive of Singula Decisions, Specialists in Subscriber Intelligence who help subscription based businesses find and execute their perfect growth strategy, talks with Xquadrant's Founder Richard Medcalf. Bhavesh is a passionate b2b marketeer. He has over 20 years experience in the IT, software and data analytics industries and has held a number of senior roles in different companies, supporting many through to acquisition by tech-giants.
“The key thing for me is, everything is personal. It's never not personal. Understand that an individual has different motivations, different stressors in their life." In this episode of Leadership Lessons for Challenging Times, Alun Baker, Chief Executive of Clario Tech, a consumer-focused cybersecurity company, talks with Xquadrant's Founder Richard Medcalf. Alun is a visionary and growth-driving CEO and Chairman. He's passionate about rapidly growing or restructuring B2C and B2B technology-based companies and preparing them for M&A, fund raising and exit. He also has extensive Non-Exec Director experience, with four companies he's chaired making the Sunday Times Fast-track growth list.
“There will be an after, you need to adapt your message, you need to communicate and be ready for the after.” - Christophe Collet In this episode of Leadership Lessons for Challenging Times, Christophe Collet, Chief Executive of S4M, a high-growth AI-powered drive-to-store platform, talks with Xquadrant's Founder Richard Medcalf. Christophe Collet is a results-oriented French entrepreneur, with a proven track record of creating successful start-ups: Followcom (Acquired by SBW-Paris in 2008) - Adenyo to Motricity (Acquired by Motricity in 2011) and S4M (2011).
“How do you remain resilient during the crisis and at the same time prepare for the rebound?” - Fred Trinel In this episode of our series Leadership Lessons for Challenging Times, Fred Trinel, co-Chief Executive and co-founder of Ecovadis talks with Xquadrant's Founder, Richard Medcalf. Ecovadis is the most trusted provider of business sustainability ratings, intelligence and collaborative performance improvement tools, and has just raised $200M of financing to further accelerate its growth. Fred Trinel is an international Entrepreneur. He started his first business 35 years ago and is the founder of four companies, all active today. His businesses operate in Asia, Eastern Europe and the UK, in the fields of Global Trade, Software, and Human Resources.
“The ability to engage with your teams in an asynchronous fashion in a world that doesn't need us to just be there immediately at that point in time, has actually become extremely valuable and powerful” - Simon Hill In this episode of our series Leadership Lessons for Challenging Times, Simon Hill, founder and Chief Executive of Wazoku, an innovative platform, which focuses on releasing ideas and innovation, talks with Xquadrant's Founder Richard Medcalf. Simon is an innovation leader and expert, as well as a software founder and tech evangelist. He is an expert contributor for The Future Shapers on topics including Innovation Software, Innovation Archetypes, Innovation Ecosystems and more. Simon is also an author, blogger & speaker.
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James Atack

Looking forward to listening to this - just subscribed but always good content from Richard

Sep 2nd
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