The Future Leaders program was launched in Australia in 2017 to develop a pool of future branch managers and leaders within our business. It is open to all employees, regardless of their position or management level. Each session brings together 16-20 participants for 32 weeks to study leadership, strategic change management, customer experience, business finance, pricing policy, logistics, and digital solutions.
The program's effectiveness stems from a blended learning approach including practical workshops, online training, written essays, virtual sessions (webinar, MOOC), and a social network for learning and sharing (Yammer). Each candidate's progress is supported through coaching and mentoring by a branch manager and a regional manager. Everybody contributes to the Future Leaders group on the internal social network. Throughout the program each future leader is required to complete three 800-word essays supported with an oral presentation. These assessments provide an opportunity for the Future Leaders to demonstrate their leadership abilities. The assessments can focus on a strategic customer experience (webshop training, new solution presentation), Strategic Change Management using our Branch Scorecards, and leadership learning strategies,