FFG 2018-2019: Open for nominations!
The 2018-2019 Future Focus Group program which will commence in February with an Induction Weekend is now open for nominations!
The deadline for submission of completed nomination packages is Friday 27 October.
Please contact Future Focus Group General Manager Matt Gaffney if you would like to receive a package containing key information and the nomination form.
An intake of around 30 participants is sought with equal gender representation actively targeted. A transformational experience for the emerging leaders in our Member organisations, the program features 19 evening workshops and active one-on-one mentoring, as well as opportunities to build enduring relationships with other participants and alumni.
The typical attributes of a candidate for the Future Focus Group are:
- 8 to 15 years’ work experience, combined with current middle management or upper management responsibilities
- Able to commit to the program for its duration, including attendance at the Induction Weekend and at 15 or more of the 19 workshops
- A strong interest in making Melbourne a better place
- Recognised by leaders of the organisation as a likely future leader of that organisation
- A keen desire to develop leadership skills through a practical learning model in a challenging, diverse team environment
About FFG: A transformational experience
From big business through to universities and genuine not-for-profits, Future Focus Group attracts participants from every sector of the Committee’s membership base. This broad exposure enables participants to develop connections and work with colleagues outside their usual circles, creating a network of professional relationships and friendships that can last a lifetime.
Celebrating its 21st anniversary this year, this valued and elite 21 month program brings talented people together, fostering practical leadership skills by providing project-based, real-life learning experiences and unique access to senior business and community leaders. It develops our future leaders so that they can better influence the decisions around ensuring our city remains inclusive and prosperous.
So what is the Future Focus Group?
- Team-based projects – Creation of truly diverse project teams of around seven members, with each project team required to identify and pursue a project that can make a tangible contribution to an improvement in Melbourne’s future economy, infrastructure development, urban optimisation and/or liveability
- Structured developmental activities – An initial induction weekend culminating in the announcement of project teams and monthly workshops featuring a mix of guest speakers and panellists on issues critical to Melbourne, as well as subject matter experts
- Access to mentoring – Support in identifying and securing an aspirational mentor who has leadership responsibilities in Melbourne, is not from the participant's organisation and can provide fresh perspectives
- Connecting and sharing – Interactions with all other program participants, not just members of a participant’s project team
- Targeted outcomes – Enduring personal and professional development, along with rich connections and tangible contributions to improving Melbourne
- Enhanced capabilities – Participants have reported improvements in communication, responsibility, emotional intelligence, engagement, strategic thinking, problem solving, social leadership, respect, confidence, resolve and understanding of team dynamics.