Forte Labs Coaching


Our Model


Task Management and Workflow


  • Based on Get Stuff Done Like a Boss self-paced course

  • Personalized setup of digital productivity tools (task manager, digital calendar, read later app, note-taking software, etc.)

  • Training you to master finding the right task at the right moment every time

  • Practice in using your digital productivity tools systematically together


Habit Formation and Behavior Change


  • Based on Design Your Habits self-paced course

  • Co-design of sustainable habits using neuroscience-based principles

  • Accountability and follow-up to get you over the hump of new habits

  • Build internal and external support systems to keep you creating and out of your head


Personal Knowledge Management & Just-in-Time Project Management


  • Based on Building a Second Brain self-paced course

  • Setup and training in using note-taking apps as a personal reference library

  • Careful attention to your projects and areas of responsibility to organize your digital life across all platforms

  • PKM for YOUR project. Out of the classroom and into reality

What we don't do

We do not offer general purpose coaching. A productivity coach is not the same as a mentor, consultant, career counselor, business coach, or therapist. We do not offer motivational or life coaching. Our job is to work ourselves out of a job as quickly as possible, by setting you up with a real working system and the habits to sustain it.

Our process

Our goal is to spend as little time as possible introducing new information, and as much time as possible on deliberate practice, co-design, and overcoming obstacles to implementation to your project.

Our job is to drastically shorten the learning curve so you can spend your time learning-by-doing, instead of learning-by-memorizing.

We know that you have everything you need to accomplish your most ambitious goals – we are here to give you that extra level of accountability and structure to make it happen faster.

Here is the basic methodology we use for our coaching sessions:

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Your Coaches


From coaching high-level executives to top athletes to your everyday person with a dream, Corey Padnos is a nationally recognized expert in coaching systems and behavior change. As the Forte Labs head coach, he works closely with Tiago and the other coaches to develop and deliver a comprehensive program on all aspects of digital productivity.

Read Tiago's introduction and Corey's story here.


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With more than 10 years of experience teaching and mentoring people in personal growth, business, leadership, and success, Chinh is passionate about teaching leaders to be vibrant, powerful, and lead in a more sustainable way. She’s been interviewed for TV, radio, and podcasts, and her online content has reached hundreds of thousands of people. She regularly speaks at conferences and events, and leads transformational retreats and workshops all over California.


Clay is a lifelong productivity enthusiast and one of the most active members of the Forte Labs network. He has worked on Personal Knowledge Management for over 30 years, including developing PKM software. He has applied the techniques and tools of Building a Second Brain to running his software business and organizing local interest groups, and is passionate about helping people take advantage of the full power of technology.

Who this is for

Our coaching is designed for people doing extraordinary things, looking for an integrated coaching solution bridging the left and right brain, creative and analytical, theoretical and practical domains:

Content creators
You produce content (writing, videos, photos, graphics, slides, online courses, webinars, etc.) that makes a difference, and want to develop a scalable platform for developing, delivering, and monetizing it.

Entrepreneurs and want-repreneurs
You are building (or want to build) an extraordinary product, service, or company, and want to use content creation to spread your message and boost your business, while minimizing stress and burnout.

Thought leaders and creative professionals
You have great ideas and you’re ready to share them with the world, but your mind is all over the place. We can help you organize your thoughts and get your point across clearly and concisely.



Building a Second Brain shoots for nothing less than transforming how you work with information, your habits at your computer, even what you decide to do and not do. Even just watching the videos and doing the exercises has value on its own, but to go really deep, I found it helpful to have someone by my side who has walked the walk before, who reflected on my thoughts, gave me feedback and let me talk through the struggles. For those ready for the plunge into the deep, one-on-one coaching can be the perfect "finisher."

-Jan Gondol, Former Information Science Professor, Software
Consultant and Trainer


"I love that in the individual coaching sessions I am being challenged to apply the BASB material in real-life situations that I would never have considered. Thanks to the encouragement of my coach, I started a habit of writing about the insights I draw from the books I read, which helped me to expand my thinking, clarify my understanding and share my ideas more. I had been dreaming about writing regularly for a long time, but it took the accountability help from the coaching to actually make it happen. And it turns out the BASB skills like summarization and JIT workflows are great scaffolding for writing when applied to that context!"

-Ellen Koenig, Senior Data Scientist at a FinTech company


"When I first signed up for BASB, I felt like I was taking a risk in signing up for the coaching aspect of the program. I knew I was committing to additional check-ins on a weekly basis, which would put a strain on my availability. In hindsight, I’m glad I took that risk at the outset of the program. My coach - whom I had weekly 1-on-1 calls with - helped me zero in on the aspects of my system that would have the highest impact on ME. As a result, I let go of my urge to try and do everything DURING the month-long course and instead focused on integrating only the highest-impact elements…"

-Mark McCoy, Strategy consultant


"This was a super valuable use of my time and money to be able to coach with you.  It was a bit of a process, but my trust in GTD/BASB is up, I’ve come closer to accepting there is no Black and White solution to productivity, and that I’ll have to ultimately make the tools work for me. Your coaching style and personality are great. A good combination of directness and warmth that contributes to getting stuff done, and understanding that many of the underlying problems are emotionally driven, or have emotional blocks in order to implement practical tools...Remarkably integrated with Forte Labs, and the cohesion should only grow as time goes on. I love seeing the organic growth of the whole business, and the coaching arm of it."

-Jeffrey Golde, Founder of Golde Consulting, Adjunct Professor of Management at Columbia Business School

About Coaching


Project and skills-based

Every session is designed to leave participants with a tangible action plan and the skills to execute it


Our communicative approach uses a mix of 1-on-1 video calls and individual exercises


The methods we teach work across any operating system or platform. We help you customize universal principles to the devices you use

What's included

  • Four 1-on-1 coaching sessions (55m per call)

  • Onboarding process to define goals, explore values, and identify triggers, barriers, and purpose

  • Audiovisual recordings of all sessions will be made available for download

The details

  • Conducted via live videoconference (using Zoom software, available on multiple platforms)

  • 1-on-1 sessions scheduled according to mutual availability, over no more than 4 weeks

  • 100% upfront payment required, with a 50% money-back guarantee at any time during the program

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