Leadership Academy

For the last nine years, FCMA has continued to develop and delivered outstanding value to our membership by offering best-in-class cost effective leadership and employee training opportunities. To date, the FCMA Leadership Academy has provided leadership training to over 800 front line supervisors, team leaders and mid-level managers as well as hands-on technical skills training to 146 line employees from 48 different member and non-member companies. The participant feedback has consistently highlighted the personal development opportunities that these programs bring to participants as well as the value gained by their companies.

This fall, we are offering the following programs:


FCMA Training Offerings

This program is designed for Front Line Supervisors, Lead Operators, Team Leaders, or future candidates for these positions who lead front-line employees/individual contributors in a manufacturing environment. The target audience for this training includes existing Front Line Supervisors, Team Leaders, Lead Operators, or future candidates for these positions. This highly successful course is designed to focus on the most critical basic leadership skills that are needed to be a successful front line supervisor or team lead. The curriculum will focus on developing the following critical leadership competencies: • Applying “Extreme Ownership” to different leadership styles and leadership behaviors. • Personal assessment and feedback on the student’s personality and leadership style (DISC). • Performance coaching for employees not meeting expectations as well as growth opportunities for employees meeting or exceeding expectations. • Building an effective team—based on the 5-Dysfunctions of a Team model by Patrick Lencioni. • How to apply different lean manufacturing and continuous improvement tools and techniques to promote critical thinking, innovation and problem solving with your team. • Understanding how labor and employment laws can impact the role of a front line supervisor or team lead, and some of the legal “do’s and don’ts related to front line leadership jobs. The classes consist of six full-day in-person sessions occurring every 2-3 weeks over a 3-month period. Class instruction will be provided by leadership training experts using group participation and interactive learning. We will also include exposure to local manufacturing plants, either by conducting classes at a plant location or providing access for plant tours. When visiting a plant, students will learn about host company businesses and observe their manufacturing best practices as well as participating in an open Q&A panel session with host company leadership team members. The program includes kick-off and culmination graduation events. Breakfast and lunch will be provided for all classes. Feedback continues to confirm outstanding value to the individual students as well as the sponsoring companies. Program has been labeled as one of the premier leadership courses in NE Florida!
The Front-Line Supervisor 2 program has been developed to bridge a leadership gap that exists between our Front Line Supervisor 1 and Mid-Level Manager training classes. The curriculum is designed to build upon the leadership skills that were introduced in the Front Line Supervisor 1 program. The program will focus on critical skills including employee motivation, goal settings and developing personal accountability, performance management, team building, and managing change. During each class, students will participate in extensive exercises/practices, role-plays, and case studies to help them apply these leadership skills on the job. Each student will participate in a one-on-one coaching session that will include private feedback and coaching on their 360-feedback evaluation tool. Note that it is suggested that participating in the Front Line 2 program complete the Front Line I program before taking this class. If you have not taken the Front Line 1 program, it is required that you have taken some type of formal leadership training as a prerequisite.
FCMA, in conjunction with Shift 7 Leadership, has developed a higher-level leadership offering of the FCMA Leadership Academy—Leading with Success for The Mid-Level Manager. Feedback from the participants in the Front-Line Supervisor programs has been very specific about the need for additional training programs that will focus on improving leadership skills for their managers and higher-level leaders in their organizations. This highly successful training program is designed to focus on the most critical leadership skills required for higher level Managers and builds on basic leadership fundamentals and competencies necessary to ensure the participants develop at a higher leadership level within their organization. This program is designed for the middle-to-upper-level leaders who currently supervise managers and supervisors (not individual contributors) and has an identified need to grow their leadership capability. The program includes several modes of learning and development—personal leadership and coaching assessments, classroom workshops, 1:1 coaching from a trained and registered performance coach, classroom scenarios/case studies/role-play examples, homework assignments involving interaction with student supervisors back at work between classes, peer-to-peer learning from other managers participating in the class as well as guest speakers/leaders when possible. The curriculum includes a kick-off orientation, two 1:1 coaching sessions during the program, five classes that are completed over a 3-month schedule and conclude with a graduation event. Each class is structured into 4-hour sessions and takes place every two-to-three weeks. Where possible, classes will be conducted on-site at manufacturing locations that includes a plant tour and open Q&A session with plant leaders. In between classes, there are assignments to enhance the participant learning experience. This course is restricted for mid-to-upper-level leaders only who: Are currently in a mid-to-upper leadership position and are leading other supervisors or managers (not direct front-line employees) Have participated in previous foundational level supervisory training during their career, Understand why they are being nominated by their organization, Are ready to commit the time and effort for the course – making it a priority, Will implement the learning from the course in their real world of work. The program will focus on developing the following critical leadership competencies: Providing more value from a higher leadership level Developing, leading, and sustaining a high-performance culture Coaching, developing, and leading your team members at the next level Developing and leading strategic planning & thinking in a manufacturing environment Leading change and managing stakeholder engagement in change situations Driving and leading change