Frequently asked questions

When do the programme’s two residential sessions take place?

Although exact dates vary slightly by year, the 7-day initial residential session takes place within the March/April timeframe. The 4.5-week main residential session takes place within the July/August timeframe.

Exact dates for these sessions are communicated to participants each year upon being notified of their selection to the programme.

Where do the programme’s residential sessions take place?

Each year, My GP seeks to hold its two residential sessions in commercially-relevant locations, which espouse the culture of the area in a rich way. As an example, previous residential session locations have included Shanghai, Amsterdam, Cape Town, Warsaw, Singapore, Toronto and Boston.

Exact locations for the programme’s residential sessions are communicated to participants at the beginning of the programme (typically in the January/February timeframe).

Who pays for the programme? What does it cost?

Programme participation fees are covered by your territory and include all of the necessary costs to attend (eg curriculum/diagnostics, accommodation, visa, flights). The exact cost is confidential and not publicised, however it does represent a significant investment in your personal and professional development.

Who can attend?

My GP is designed for high-performing, high-potential Sr. Managers/Directors. For more information on the exact criteria, please click here.

When does the application process begin?

Typically, identification of potential candidates (managed by in-territory talent councils) begins during the June/July timeframe of the year prior to the programme run (eg June/July 2014 for the 2015 programme). Final applications are due to My GP by the end of August/beginning of September the year prior. Selected candidates are notified in early November of the year prior.

If you're interested in My GP and are eligible to attend, please contact your Territory Talent Leader or your local HR Representative for more information on your territory's nomination process.

Can I nominate myself for the programme?

There is no self-nomination for the My GP programme. Nominations are made at the territory level by Territory Talent Councils. If you're interested in My GP and are eligible to attend, please contact your Territory Talent Leader or your local HR Representative for more information on your territory's nomination process.

How many participants are selected?

Approximately 150 participants are selected to attend My GP each year. The 150 are then divided into three classes, ensuring diversity across cluster, LoS and gender.

Are there any prerequisite Learning & Development courses for My GP?

There are no required prerequisite courses for the programme. You should, however, be relatively proficient in English if you're a non-native speaker as the programme is delivered in English.

What do you mean by diagnostics?

Much of the programme's curriculum is centred around in-depth assessment tools that consider, among others, your strengths, effectiveness and skills as a leader and your behavioural preferences.

Can my family attend the 4.5-week main residential session with me?

Given the intense nature of the programme, especially during the main residential session, you'll attend as an individual so you can truly focus on your personal and professional transformation as a future global leader. Further, the 4.5-week residential session includes both formally and informally scheduled elements during the week and on weekends, necessarily limiting your free time.

Exceptions can be made for unique family situations (eg single parent family), however require the approval of a participant’s home territory.

The possibility for a short, family visit during the main residential session is also a possibility (eg weekend).

How much time should I expect to commit to the programme/curriculum during each stage?

Commitment and intensity vary by stage as follows:

  • Engage Stage - Approximately 2 hours per week
  • Trust Stage - Approximately 1/2 day per week on average*, plus the 7-day initial residential session
  • Stretch Stage (4.5-week residential session) - 100%
  • Empower Stage - Approximately 2 hours per week

* This timing only represents the on-average commitment during official working hours. You're likely to spend additional personal time on your strategic project work.