A unique opportunity for selected emerging leaders in Melbourne to better understand, connect within and contribute to Melbourne while building their leadership capabilities
Future Focus Group (FFG), which will now run over 15 months, is a transformational experience for the emerging leaders who participate, with over 400 graduates to date.
Now in its third decade, FFG features an Induction Weekend, group projects in diverse teams, 15 evening workshops and active one-on-one mentoring. FFG also provides opportunities to build enduring relationships with other participants and alumni.
The Class of 2018-2019 graduated in November 2019 and the Class of 2019-2020 commenced with an Induction Weekend in February 2019 and will graduate in November 2020. Both of these classes reflect the previous 21 month format.
The nomination period for the 2020-2021 Program, which commences with an Induction Weekend of 48 hours from 2pm on Friday 7 February, is still open. Completed Nomination Packages are sought no later than Tuesday 28 January.
Please contact Future Focus Group General Manager Matt Gaffney for further information
A transformational experience
From big business through to universities and genuine not-for-profits, FFG 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.
The elements of FFG
A key component of FFG is the group projects that can, by graduation, contribute tangibly and positively to the future economy, infrastructure, urban densification or liveability of Melbourne – the four policy platforms of the Committee – with diverse Project Teams of 6 to 8 members.
A participant’s Project Team experience is complemented by:
- An initial wide-ranging Induction Weekend with a significant focus on potential group projects for each newly-formed Project Team (12 projects will be provided for consideration)
- 15 Workshops, most commencing with Project Team time – with a mix of guest speakers, Perspectives on Leadership Panels, Project Review Panels and ‘Melbourne Unearthed’ presentations and experiences, complemented by some skill build sessions and Project Team presentations
- A one-on-one mentoring relationship with a Melburnian with leadership responsibilities outside the participant’s organisation
- A pair of meetings that the General Manager FFG will schedule with the Nominator of the participant to discuss her or his participation
- Opportunities to build enduring relationships with other FFG participants and, in time, with members of the FFG Alumni Network
What does a typical 'FFGer' look like?
The typical attributes of a candidate for the Future Focus Group are:
A keen desire to develop leadership skills through a practical learning model in a challenging and diverse team environment
- 8 to 12 years’ work experience, combined with some management experience
- An appetite for some independence, initiative and ambiguity during the Program
- Able to commit to the Program for its duration, including attendance at the Induction Weekend, at 12 or more of the 15 monthly workshops and at Project Team meetings and other interactions
- A strong interest in making Melbourne a better place
- Recognised by leaders of the organisation as a likely future leader of that organisation