The Art of Accomplishment
Join one of the world's top coaches and a group of inspiring leaders for a unique, transformational coaching experience
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Welcome to our groundbreaking coaching program for transformational leaders – The Art of Accomplishment.
The premise of this program is simple: it is our hearts' capacity that determines our success and happiness in life.
Emotional intelligence is the bottleneck to the change we want to see in ourselves and the world. Tapping into our heart’s potential opens up the possibility of fulfilling our greatest ambitions without sacrificing our sense of joy and authenticity.
This program will be led by Joe Hudson, one of the top executive coaches and teachers in the world, with our affiliate partner, Forte Academy. This course combines Joe’s work in personal transformation with online learning to deliver a completely new kind of group coaching experience.
What is The Art of Accomplishment?
The Art of Accomplishment is a program that invites you into a world beyond checklists and getting things done. A world where being effective is a matter of ease and having outstanding impact is a symptom of your joy.
We are taught early on that if we accomplish enough stuff, we will have the life of our dreams, only to find it is a life that fails to make us happy and fulfill our hopes. In this program, you will discover that how you get things done is what makes your life far more fulfilling.
Not only because you will enjoy the process of an authentic life, but because enjoyment and self-awareness are critical tools in making what you accomplish more meaningful and effortless."
- Joe Hudson
My name is Tiago Forte, and I am the Founder of Forte Academy, an online school for modern professional development.
Three years ago, I walked into a weekend workshop called Tide Turners, facilitated by Joe and his wife Tara.
I was looking for answers.
I wanted to know why despite the success I had, I still felt so dissatisfied. I wanted to know why I always felt on edge and on guard for no apparent reason. I wanted to know why I felt numb and bored anytime I wasn’t immersed in the adrenaline of working.
I had so many questions, but most of all, I was exhausted with the endless task of proving that I was good enough, capable enough, and hard-working enough to deserve success. Beneath it all, I wanted to know if there was another way.
My experience at Tide Turners inspired me with a new vision for how business could be used to fuel spiritual awakening.
I attended the followup week-long course, called Ground Breakers, the next year. The personal breakthroughs I experienced in that week have been nothing short of transformational, with benefits across my work and my life. I’ve seen dramatic growth in my business, reached new creative depths, had more intimacy in my relationships with my family and friends, and developed a deeper warmth and love toward myself even when I fall short of my ambitions.
Since that experience I’ve found it far easier to be more direct with people, to be vulnerable even with those I work with, and to laugh when life inevitably messes up my plans. I feel a newfound sense of self-love and self-acceptance that frees me to strive for my dreams without beating myself up. I feel a newfound sense of purpose in my work centered on a love for my customers, for my team, and for the planet.
"Taking Joe’s courses has had a tremendous positive impact on my life. My personal relationships are more fulfilling, my business is growing, and most importantly, I have the tools I need to be a great dad. Seeing these changes happen while taking Joe’s courses feels magical. The material that Joe presents is well-organized and engaging, but it’s the exercises where you really internalize what you’re learning.
During one class, I realized that my fear of conflict was preventing me from holding my team at work accountable. I learned a new approach to accountability, and far from creating new conflict, the team loves it. I have a new set of tools with which to approach conflict as well, should it arise. These tools have the powerful ability to turn what might otherwise be a tense conversation into a productive discussion where both sides feel understood.
Coming in to Joe’s courses a new father, I had a lot of doubts about whether I had what it takes to be a good dad. Thanks to the courses, I have a much better understanding of how my mind and emotions are affected by my own childhood, and how to guide the healthy emotional development of my children.
After taking Joe’s classes, it seems crazy to me that this type of teaching isn’t more widespread. If it were, the world would be a more peaceful, happier place."
- James Patten, Founder & Director of Patten Studio, TED Fellow
How This Is Different
The Art of Accomplishment treats personal development as a practical field that anyone can study and make real progress in. As both scientific and full of wonder. As both work and play.
Joes' methodology is part of a new generation of personal growth programs. It is far more modern, sensitive to people’s needs, science-based, and transparent than the self-help industry that came before it.
It focuses on having people do personal experiments and learning for themselves, instead of telling them “the answer.” It draws on people’s own inner wisdom that comes out of their own life experience, instead of a one-size-fits-all approach. It is a rare example of inner work that is also aimed at making a positive difference in the external world.
The Art of Accomplishment is part of a new generation of personal development programs that are holistic, safe, customized, and research-backed. We are creating a new kind of self-development work that occurs at cognitive, emotional, and somatic levels, while also producing concrete results quickly.
"Joe Hudson is a visionary who is rooted in the practical realities of a world that sorely needs courage and vision. He’s also a mover and shaker. Joe knows how to get in and support the best in each of us. In a group, he solicits wisdom from each person. Be ready for him to stand up to pretense, too, while both honoring and releasing the person momentarily snared there. You’ll be challenged, you’ll learn deeply, you’ll come away having authentically connected with yourself, your higher purpose, and with others whose caring has touched you. And, you’ll come away loved."
- Patty Wipfler, Founder & Program Director, Hand in Hand Parenting
"Joe Hudson is an innovator and a sage. He has reimagined business as a deeply spiritual journey focused on personal accountability, transparency, and heart-centered leadership. It’s a formidable combination that cultivates clarity and alignment within the organization and leads to remarkable growth!"
- Lara Bakosh, Co-Founder, Inner Explorer
Who We Are Looking For
We are seeking a group of leaders dedicated to fulfilling their full potential. Not only their inner potential, but their potential to make a difference in the world in this time of unprecedented crisis.
What do we mean by "leaders"? This group includes people who are or want to be leaders in their companies, startups, organizations, careers, or simply in their own families and lives. Whether or not it is accompanied by an official title, transformational leadership is a role you take on for yourself. It describes someone who is empowered, resourceful, and guided by a particular vision of the future. If that describes you, then we invite you to apply.
We are looking for people who want to work with a world-class coach and teacher, alongside inspiring peers, on releasing themselves from the fundamental limitations in their lives. Who want to experience the power of opening up their emotional range and cultivating a healthy relationship with each and every part of themselves. It is this courage and curiosity that we believe distinguishes great leaders, and it is those leaders that this experience is designed for.
The cohort-based learning experience we've pioneered will allow us to come together from around the world. It also allows access Joe’s expertise at a fraction of what it would normally cost, without sacrificing the quality of the experience.
This program is by application only. Every one of the participants in the group will be carefully selected to ensure psychological safety. We will look for people displaying potential for leadership, an ability to bring their full self to the group, and a commitment to being transparent about their inner world.
Together we will create an environment of safety and vulnerability, with a tightly-knit group that can support each other through the growth that we seek.
"When I decided to do Joe’s work two years ago, I asked my business partner, Kenny, to join me. We were looking to become more authentic and confident leaders. And we both liked doing various personal growth “challenges.” In all honesty, that’s as much thought as I gave it. It was a very ignorant and naive proposition on my part. And one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.
Yes, going through this experience has dramatically changed our business and personal lives for the better. (Spoiler alert: work and personal aren’t separate.) You’ll hear that from almost anyone that’s done the work.
But by having Kenny go through this experience with me, we are able to practice our learnings together in real business situations, in real time. And because of that, we’ve seen the benefits grow exponentially.
We don’t feel alone with the voices in our head. We stay curious in conversations, rather than pushing personal agendas. We negotiate with ourselves, each other and our clients better. We manage teams better. We attract better talent. We invite hard discussions, and solve them fast.
We are more connected to each other, our clients, our employees, and our mission than I ever thought was possible.
It’s hard to imagine that transformation happening so deep and fast, had I not experienced the work with Kenny. There weren’t any other business partners in our program. And that’s unfortunate, because there are so many others who would experience how special of a gift it is. The world needs it, especially now."
- Craig Magan, Chief Creative Officer, Funworks
"One of the things that attracted me to Joe's work was how it gave me a framework to practice in my everyday life. That started by going through the experience with my business partner. Joe created a safe container for us to practice the techniques so that once we were back in the office environment, we felt safer using the tools with each other there. We then were able to lean on each other to iterate on ways to use the tools with clients and other employees. Over time, the tools became new habits that have enriched all my relationships.
If for any reason you are unsure if you want to do this course with someone close to you, then you're not alone. It is scary to take that leap. But know it is a great way to turn these tools into habits in your everyday life."
- Kenny White, Co-Founder and Chief Creativity Architect, Funworks
Joe brings 25+ years of corporate and personal development experience to his work. His purpose is to facilitate greater love, freedom, and effectiveness in individuals and groups. He activates leaders and teams to show up in their full power and creativity.
Through immersive workshops and culture-shifting tools, Joe creates the conditions for an organization and its people to thrive.
Joe has committed himself to a life of self-exploration and inner reflection across multiple platforms: neurological, psychological, and spiritual.
For the past fifteen years, Joe has also been deeply involved in philanthropy. His projects include improving education in inner cities and the restoration of several riparian habitats in the Southwest United States.
A wife and two daughters are the center of Joe's life. He also spends time traveling around the world learning tools that help him enable others to be deeply authentic.
"Holding genuine heart space, balanced with his keen intellect and business expertise, Joe is a masterful coach, mentor, and teacher. You will not be disappointed and will take away important personal insights to apply to the rest of your life."
- Cameron Dubes, Senior Consultant, CCS Fundraising
The Art of Accomplishment program includes 3 calls each week for 8 weeks, for a total of 32 hours of live, community-based connection.
- Large group meeting: a 90-minute live call once per week with Joe. These calls will include powerful distinctions introduced by Joe, Q&A on the week’s lesson, and conversational exercises.
- Small group meeting: a 90-minute live call once per week with a smaller group of 6 participants, to process and reflect on the week's lesson.
- One-on-one meeting: a 60-minute live call once per week with a partner, to practice and integrate new distinctions using embodied exercises.
In addition, each week you’ll be asked to spend at least another 3 hours to:
- Listen to a 40-60 minute podcast from Joe explaining each new distinction in depth.
- Maintain daily and weekly practices to keep you grounded and centered, which is essential to integrate new ways of being.
- Perform solo experiments on your own to explore your relationship to what you’ve learned.
The schedule will run from June 25 until August 20, 2021. Meetings of the full group will take place on Fridays from 9:00-10:30 a.m. PDT, and the remaining small group and 1-on-1 calls will be scheduled at other convenient times. All small group and 1-on-1 calls are required, with exceptions granted on a case-by-case basis for emergencies or other exceptional circumstances.
There will be a curriculum to guide each week, but this program is intentionally light on content. You don’t need more information. Instead, we will focus on conversations, listening, coaching, and guided exercises both during the call and on your own time. These could include physical-somatic exercises, certain kinds of conversations to have with your colleagues or loved ones, reflective journaling, sharing your responses to the week's questions and experiments in a private forum, and others.
50% of the responsibility for fulfilling this promise is up to us, and 50% is up to you. We will train you in the most powerful tools available, but your exact results depend on how much of yourself you bring to the program.
The Investment and Application Process
To apply for your place in The Art of Accomplishment, you will need to complete an application form and pay the tuition fee. The program investment is 3 monthly installments of $2,300 or a one-time payment of $5,990.
If your application is successful and you are offered a place in The Art of Accomplishment, the final step is to sign our course contract.
If the program is not a match for your goals, we will give you that feedback and refund your payment. We do not offer refunds outside of this context.
Click here for a template you can customize to request reimbursement from your employer.
The Art of Accomplishment is a great chance to work not only with Joe, but also with a cohort of your peers who will help deepen the experience. Previously, this work would be limited to those in the Bay Area for the one or two public offerings Joe would have every year. WithThe Art of Accomplishment, we can grow a community around the world and share the work on a much wider scale.
We are no longer taking applications to The Art of Accomplishment for 2021.