FUTURE VISION

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INTRODUCTION

In 2012, the Leadership Centre launched its flagship programme, Future Vision. The overarching aim of Future Vision is to help senior leaders address the leadership challenges they are facing, helping to inspire and create a better future for citizens by enabling systems change through leadership development.

Delivered in collaboration by the Leadership Centre and the Birmingham Leadership Institute. This highly acclaimed programme offers a unique experience for senior leaders who recognise that what they already know and how they already lead is not sufficient to meet the nature of the challenges they are facing.

There has never been a stronger need for adaptive leadership that crosses boundaries. We live in an increasingly complex, interdisciplinary world. Unprecedented financial pressures on public, private and voluntary sectors have combined with ever-higher expectations of outcomes, making effective leadership of organisations all the more pivotal.

A cross-sector and interdisciplinary programme for senior leaders

Exercising leadership in complex contexts inevitably requires working across traditional organisational, professional, political and spatial boundaries. Future Vision is therefore an explicitly cross-sector programme for up to 25 participants selected to ensure that the cohort can benefit from a genuinely diverse range of experiences and perspectives. In a given year, a Future Vision cohort might include:

• Elected officials e.g. local authority Leaders and Police and Crime Commissioners
• Local authority Chief Executives
• Chief Constables and Chief Fire Officers
• Senior Officers from the armed forces
• Senior figures from the diplomatic service e.g. an Ambassador
• NHS Chief Executives from across the system
• Senior leaders in public health
• Senior civil servants from across Whitehall
• Senior leaders in pre-18, further and higher education
• Charity and third sector Chief Executives
• Senior figures in the business community.

Watch this short video to hear from participants and faculty about the Future Vision experience.

 

THE COMPONENTS

The programme is divided into several blocks across the year. Attendance at the core blocks is essential. The forthcoming cohort will contain the following:

Face to Face Elements

BLOCK 1
24 Hour Design Event, Cumberland Lodge, Windsor
July 21st – 22nd 2021

24 hours spread over two days where participants and faculty co-design the content for the programme. This is an opportunity to meet other cohort members and to shape the year’s programme content around your own personal leadership interests and to shape the year’s programme content around your own personal leadership interests.

BLOCK 2
4 days & 4 nights, Cumberland Lodge, Windsor
Sept 12th – 16th 2021

A week of immersion into the aspects of systems leadership prioritised during the design event. The programme is built around a variety of inputs from a range of experts and frontline practitioners who are working to create change at a system level across organisations and within places. There is also time for peer learning and consultation during intensive small group work on your system leadership challenges.

BLOCK 3
Full day, The Exchange, Birmingham
Nov 25th 2021

A one-day focus on an aspect of systems leadership prioritised during the design event.

BLOCK 4
Full day, The Exchange, Birmingham
Jan 20th, 2022

A one-day focus on an aspect of systems leadership prioritised during the design event.

BLOCK 5
2 days, 1 night, Cumberland Lodge
March 1st & 2nd 2022

30 hours spread over two days, to check in on progress with your leadership challenges and to help you prepare for Boston

BLOCK 6
4 days & 4 nights, Boston, Massachusetts
March 27th – 31st 2022

A week of discovering cutting-edge insights, leadership development and learning with peers from around the world. Draws on our extensive academic and practitioner partners including from MIT and Harvard Kennedy School.

BLOCK 7
Cumberland Lodge, Windsor
May 5th and 6th 2022

24 hours spread over two days.

A final wrap-up of the programme.

Virtual sessions

In addition to the core dates above. There will be three, two hour facilitated virtual Zoom sessions in between face to face element of the programme.

Leadership Development Framework (LDP)

Most developmental psychologists now agree that what differentiates leaders is not so much their philosophy of leadership, their personality, or their style of management, but rather it’s their internal worldview or ‘Action Logic’ – how they construct reality and respond to emerging situations, and plan for the future. The Harthill LDP assesses the current ‘meaning making’ stage of the individual and identifies possible steps to move forward in their development.

You will also receive a report and a one hour debrief with an expert in LDP.

1:1 coaching

Each participant will have the opportunity for 6 x 1 hour sessions of 1:1 coaching over the duration of the programme. The sessions will be delivered by members of the faculty team who will be familiar with the programme content and therefore able to support you in the practical application of your learning to your own leadership challenges.

For a more thorough overview of the programme and for information about who to contact us if you are interested in Future Vision or would like to nominate someone else – you can download the brochure HERE.

Following the programme

The Leadership Centre offers support to make such longer-term development possible, and to help link together Future Vision cohorts with our wider network of collaborators in the public sector, there is the opportunity to join specific alumni vision events.

We’re now looking to expand and energise the vast network of alumni who have taken part in these programmes, with the aim that those who see the need to create real change can work together to bring it about for the benefit of citizens.

Here are David Bolger, Alumni Director and Sarah Lewis, Alumni Manager sharing their ambitions and details of the offer available to Future Vision alumni.

What have past participants said?

“I found Future Vision to be a profoundly transformational experience, and there is no doubt in my mind that I wouldn’t have made the jump to leading the organisation that I now lead today without it.”

“I’ve found that it’s a great forum to unburden myself in. I’m surrounded by leaders facing very similar sets of problems to me – but as none of them work in my sector, it’s a very non-competitive atmosphere, where you can be totally frank in a way that you can’t always be with your immediate colleagues.”

“Eye-opening”

“Without a doubt the best training or mentoring programme I have ever done.”

“It’s really opened my eyes to the bigger picture, and the emerging world we’re working in. I walked away from Harvard and MIT thinking ‘I have seen the future!’”

“I’m amazed at how much we cover in just the first 24 hours – and really excited about what we can do in a week, a month, or a year.”

“You tap into knowledge that you wouldn’t otherwise come across.”

Hear what participants have said about their experience of the programme and why they would recommend it to other senior leaders

Lisa Winward, Chief Constable, North Yorkshire Police

Javed Khan, Chief Executive, Barnardo’s

Cllr Jack Hopkins, Leader of Lambeth Council 

Peter Kelly, Centre Director, Public Health England, North East

Tony Armstrong, Chief Executive, Locality

If you found this section useful, you may also want to explore the following areas of our work:

2025 Leaders Programme

Alumni Vision

Leadership for Change

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