Introducing a new group coaching program for transformational leaders – The Art of Accomplishment.
The premise of this program is simple: it is our heart’s 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, in partnership with Forte Academy. We are combining Joe’s work in personal transformation with our expertise in online learning to deliver a completely new kind of group coaching experience.
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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.
Two 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.
Since then, I've had a burning desire to bring this work and these profound benefits to a wider audience online.
"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
You Can Have It All
One of the greatest realizations I’ve had is that I’ve long been limited by a deeply rooted belief: that I can have spiritual growth OR business success, but not both. That at all times, I had to choose between the two, which always had me second-guessing myself and feeling guilty about my choices.
Joe's work speaks to me because it points to an amazing possibility: that we can have both peace of mind and worldly success. That we can advance our careers, reach our goals, and grow our businesses through the very same process by which we come to understand ourselves better.
I’ve come to understand that these two pursuits are not just compatible; they feed each other. The journey of self-realization can be the driving force in living an effective, successful life.
There are very few people who understand how to bridge the spiritual and the practical in this way. And even fewer who have dedicated their lives to teaching others how to do it in a way that is authentic to them. Which is why I was tremendously excited to discover Joe and his work.
Joe has one foot firmly in the world of business.
Prior to coaching and teaching, he worked as a venture capitalist, philanthropist, consultant, and international banker. His focus has been investing in and advising early-stage companies applying technology to personal development and climate sustainability.
But his other foot is firmly planted in the world of personal growth.
Joe has spent more than 25 years studying and practicing dozens of spiritual traditions and psychological frameworks, and incorporating them into his own work. He has sought to bridge East and West, mind and body, science and spirituality into a uniquely practical approach to personal development.
He has led workshops and courses with more than 1,000 participants. In his coaching practice, Joe works with high-profile executives and their teams at some of the world’s most respected companies and organizations, including Apple, Alphabet, SpaceX, HP, Automatic, and Hand in Hand Parenting among many others.
"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
How This Is Different
Personal development has entered mainstream culture in a powerful way. Meditation and yoga are everywhere. Life coaches have become commonplace. No one bats an eye when you mention a weekend workshop or silent retreat you attended. It’s now generally recognized that “working on yourself” is an essential part of living a happy, successful life.
But it’s also full of pitfalls. There is no one to help you integrate new practices once the weekend is over. To guide you in deciding which practices will be most helpful, and to help bridge the gaps between them. There is no community that exists apart from any one practice, where you can learn from each others’ experiences.
From the beginning of my work with Joe, his approach to personal development has been like nothing else I’ve encountered.
He 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.
I believe that the methodology he has created 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 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 their own 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.
I’ve been working with Joe over the past two years to translate the work that I’ve had the privilege of experiencing into an online format.
The cohort-based learning experience we've pioneered will allow us to come together from around the world in the midst of the global COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown. It will allow us to access Joe’s expertise at a fraction of what it would normally cost, without sacrificing the quality of the experience. In fact, I believe that we have the opportunity to connect and communicate in radically innovative ways by leveraging the power of technology.
This program is only available to our existing network, is by application only, and will not be advertised publicly. Every one of the 48 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 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
Why are we launching this program in the midst of a global pandemic and multiple other crises?
This is the question I’ve asked myself every day for the last few months. It is because we now need a different kind of leader.
We are undergoing the greatest civilizational trauma in memory, with unimaginable effects on every part of society. Everyone is frantically looking outward for the sources of both our problems and solutions. But we also need to look inward. We have to get our own house in order before telling others what they must do and how they must change. The world changes when we change.
As we enter the greatest economic crisis in generations, many organizations and industries are facing more demand than ever. Leaders in healthcare, technology, communications, food production, logistics and supply chain management, education, government, and manufacturing are facing absolutely unprecedented challenges to grow and adapt and evolve more in a few months than they would have had to do in years.
At the same time, the usual avenues for personal and professional development are shut down and offline. Conferences, workshops, meditation retreats, coaching, and support groups of all kinds aren't available at the very moment they're most needed. And making the shift to online delivery is proving far more difficult than anyone expected.
But there is a silver lining in all of this: the rise of new kinds of technology that allow us to connect like never before. Only in the last few years have we gained access to platforms that enable communication, connection, and even vulnerability at a distance. We have multiple ways of interacting and learning that allow all parts of ourselves to be expressed. We can scale in ways that allow us to learn from THE very best teachers in any discipline at a fraction of the usual cost, alongside a radically more diverse group of peers. And we can do all this while sitting safely in the comfort of our own homes.
From companies to non-profits, from government agencies to startups, from community groups to crisis response efforts, we need a new generation of leaders to lead us through this crisis.
These leaders need more than just bravado. They need to be deeply self-aware about their own limitations and needs as they give to others. They will need to be compassionate without sacrificing practicality. We need leaders who aren’t satisfied with just looking authoritative, pretending they know what they’re doing, and running circles around their intellect – leaders who have the courage to engage the emotional center.
We need transformational leaders to guide us through the convulsions that our society is being wracked by. We have found in our own work and in our lives that when leaders have their mind, heart, and body fully aligned, they can act in the world with equal parts love and power.
"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.
The Art of Accomplishment program includes 3 calls (totaling 4 hours) each week for 8 weeks, for a total of 32 hours.
- Large group meeting: a 90-minute call once per week with Joe and all 48 participants. 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 call once per week with a smaller group of 8 participants, to process and reflect on the week's lesson
- One-on-one meeting: a 60-minute 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 30-60 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
Expect a total time commitment of approximately 7 hours per week, or 56 hours over 8 weeks.
The schedule will run from June 26 until August 21, 2020. Meetings of the full group will take place on Fridays from 9-10:30am PT, and the remaining small group and 1-on-1 calls will be scheduled at other convenient times. All 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.
I am tremendously excited to bring this work to a worldwide audience. Until now it has been extremely exclusive, available only to certain people in a certain region with certain connections.
It matters that this work becomes available on a wider scale. It matters to the world and what we are dealing with. It matters to the future we want to bring about. That’s why I’m proud to provide a platform for Joe to work directly with a group of distinguished leaders using the power of online learning.
The program is co-designed and managed by Charlotte Crowther, who we’ve been working with since the beginning of the year. Charlotte has extensive experience at the intersection of wellness, performance, and technology, including her own former 10 year practice as a Reflexology and Grinberg Method practitioner, working in Wellness and People Operations at a healthtech company, and receiving several awards for healthcare leadership in the United Kingdom.
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 a $100 deposit.
If your application is successful and you are offered a place in The Art of Accomplishment, the program investment is 3 monthly installments of $1,966 or a one-time payment of $4,899. To secure your place, you will be required to make payment and sign a contract within 48 hours from the date of your offer.
If the program is not a match for your goals we will give you that feedback and refund your deposit.
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The Art of Accomplishment is the culmination of years of experience. I was the guinea pig – I've scoured the world for situations, experiences, substances, programs, and teachers who could help me tap into the power I knew I had within me but never seemed able to fully access.
I found the best, and now I'm bringing it back to share with you. This kind of experience until now has only been available to top CEOs and executives – the 1% of the 1%. There are exceedingly few people who can afford to work with someone of Joe's experience and skill. But with the power of online learning, not only do we get to access that expertise, we get to do it in a way that is completely customized for the Forte Labs community.
There are exactly 46 spots available. The first two are taken by me and my business coach, who will learn alongside you as participants. I'm inviting you to join me at the very frontier of my own learning. I don't know exactly what we will find, but I can promise it will be exhilarating and life-changing.
Join me as we take on a grand experiment to discover what it means to step into our role as transformative leaders – the kind of leaders that the world's crises demand.
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"Joe has helped me unlock and transform beliefs and patterns that I have been carrying around for most of my life. I can honestly say I had a breakthrough or multiple during every session I had with him. He is brilliant."
- Lara Tabatznik, Founder, 42 Acres
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"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