Future Focus Group: An incubator of ideas for our city
Our business and civic leadership program, Future Focus Group, which runs over 21 months, is a transformational experience for emerging leaders which has already nurtured over 400 of Melbourne's leaders.
Now in its third decade, the program features an induction weekend, 19 evening workshops and active one-on-one mentoring, as well as opportunities to build enduring relationships with other participants and alumni.
The class of 2017-2018 are beyond the half way mark and graduate this November while the class of 2018-2019 just commenced in February.
Participants are put into truly diverse project teams of six to eight to work on FFG projects that they select and pitch to the Committee for consideration. The projects eventually agreed to by the Committee are designed to contribute tangibly and positively to the future economy, infrastructure development, urban densification or liveability of Melbourne – the four policy platforms of the Committee.
The 2019-2020 program will be launched in August and we are delighted to have already received informal expressions of interest. We will again be looking for around 30 participants and equal gender representation will be actively targeted.
Please contact Future Focus Group General Manager Matt Gaffney for further information.
About Future Focus Group: 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.
Having celebrated its 21st anniversary in 2017, 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.
What does a typical 'FFGer' look like?
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