Our flagship business and civic leadership program is in full swing.
Director and Founder of the Melbourne Prize and FFG Alumnus, Simon Warrender, addressed the FFG Class of 2016-2017, kindly hosted by AusNet Services on 11 April. Their May workshop, to be hosted by Aurecon, will feature local Aurecon leader, Louise Adams. Six teams will submit draft project business plans to the Committee for review and comment by 31 May.
Collaboration skills development with collaboration designer, John Hibble, is the focus of next workshop for the FFG Class of 2017-2018. Development Victoria, which brings together Places Victoria and Major Projects Victoria, is the host at its Goods Shed offices just before their relocation to Exhibition Street. We are excited that three teams will submit synopses of their proposed projects at their May workshop on Tuesday 30 May in advance of presentations to the review panel.
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.
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.