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Welcome to StageSHIFT

We need wiser, bolder, purposeful, systemic Leaders.
Executive Coaches guide and support Executive Leaders.
We need more wiser, bolder, purposeful, systemic Coaches.
StageSHIFT offers a proven accelerated pathway enabling both.


StageSHIFT delivers global vertical transformative coaching programs.

We partner with executive leaders to inspire and accelerate a quantum shift in consciousness, leadership development, and culture evolution. We embrace the opportunity in systemic complexity and discontinuity to co-create more sustainable, healthy, and equitable ecosystems where everyone can flourish.


We offer Coaching Certification Programs in Vertical Transformative Coaching, Vertical Systemic Team Dynamics, and the capability-based Vertical Holistic Leadership Profile (VHLP) Assessment.
StageSHIFT Coaches bring our proven approach and online resources to activate and accelerate Vertical Leadership Development, Systemic Team Dynamics, and Conscious Leadership Culture Evolution Programs for CXO, Executive Teams, Top Senior Leaders, and Whole-of-Organization.
~ Dr Antoinette J. Braks, Founder, StageSHIFT Coaching & Consulting Programs

StageSHIFT offers a Unique Proven Technology to Inspire and Accelerate Vertical Leadership Development to Mature Synergist

Vertical Transformative Coaching in Systemic Holistic Leadership Development and Conscious Evolution


We Lift the Ceiling and Open up an Empowering Space for Deliberate Conscious Vertical Development 

The systemic structural context of most organizations impedes organic leadership development to later stages. By building a new upper floor and opening the space within, all leaders have the opportunity to make a quantum shift in their vertical growth as leaders.

We Cultivate Conscious Self-Awareness and Expression, Delve Deep to Heal Shadow and Catapult Holistic Growth

We offer a deep revelatory journey guiding leaders to cultivate the self, heal shadow and realize aspirational intent. Our deep, broad approach eliminates reactive patterns and illuminates transference leading to a calm, clear, open, collaborative mind at Synergist.

We Enable Leaders to Find and Articulate their Authentic Voice with Systemic Transformative Coaching

While Developmental Coaching helps leaders to navigate systemic dynamics, Systemic Transformative Coaching guides leaders to use their presence to build and hold a respectful, encouraging, and empowering culture while inspiring all stakeholders across the wider ecosystem.

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Jessica Lowenhielm

I will be forever grateful to Antoinette for enabling me to fully grasp the vastness, importance and grandness of vertical development, making it easy to start infusing and transforming my own work with clients. Taking her Program might be the most uplifting decision in your life. 

Thomas Bjerkhede

She is one of the most extraordinary human beings I have met. An inspiring person with a remarkably sharp intellect, lots of love, tons of professional experience, combined with an even more remarkable wisdom and spiritual consciousness.

Emma Pearson

Antoinette is one of only three Thought Leaders I know who credibly and passionately integrates business and spirituality. It's rare and profound, and much needed today. Her brilliant intellect, fearless consulting and coaching has created a great suite of offerings.

Discover Vertical Leadership Development Psychology and become a Master Transformative Coach with Synergist Leadership Capacity

Vertical Transformative Coaching Certification in Systemic Holistic Leadership Development for Executive Coaches


Our Introduction to StageSHIFT Vertical Holistic Leadership Development

This Introductory 3-Module Program explains the Psychology, the Structure and Nature of Vertical Holistic Leadership Development (VHLD). It is a pre/co-requisite for our Signature StageSHIFT Vertical Transformative Coaching Certification Program in VHLD to Synergist+.

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Vertical Transformative Coaching Certification in Systemic Holistic Leadership Development

This is our Signature 9-Module 12-month Program incl. Strategic, Holistic, and Systemic Leadership. You will learn to master the later stage and Transforming Self of the Synergist, and use the frameworks to partner with your clients to reliably enable their conscious evolution.

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Certification in the Vertical Holistic Leadership Profile Assessment

The Vertical Holistic Leadership Profile (VHLP) is a sophisticated and automated capability-based self-assessment that enables executives to appreciate the broad spectrum of VHLD, see where they are on their journey, and ignite their leadership aspirations.

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Marianne Borg Hyokki

This is not only Coach training, it is most of all a developmental program for myself while I simultaneously learn about vertical development and how to support my clients to grow and mature. The videos, written material, and webinars are full of interesting stuff guiding me to think about myself, my thinking, reactions and behaviour at the core of myself. Antoinette supports in a loving and peaceful way and challenges me to dive deeper.

Jenny Hoffman

The StageSHIFT Coaching Certification Program is a beautifully designed map illuminating the path for vertical evolution. There are absolutely loads of models and frameworks Antoinette elegantly weaves together providing a thorough theoretical backdrop for learning. The small group format provides a safe space to challenge yourself supported by  generous and powerful coaching to accelerate your learning, growth, and development.

Valerie Gleeson

The StageSHIFT Program has been one of the most rewarding programs I have ever undertaken. Antoinette has developed a truly amazing program which takes Coaching Certification to another level - Transformative Coaching. While my 30 years' corporate experience is rich and varied, it expanded my capacity at an accelerated pace developing a level of conscious awareness which is hugely complementary to my previous areas of study.

StageSHIFT promises the Quantum Leap to Mature Synergist Leadership

SYNERGIST Leaders can cut through complexity, lead with confidence despite volatility, and can build and sustain a high engagement, high performance, psychologically safe, innovative, sustainable, collaborative organization.

They integrate the polarities of technology and people, integrity and pragmatism, humility and boldness. Their elevated level of consciousness and absence of ego enables them to partner with all stakeholders in inspiring ways to realize purposeful visionary widespread community outcomes across their socio-economic ecosystem. They can lead us to create a new and better world.

Organizations need this new upper level of Synergist leaders for us to evolve and learn to thrive and flourish in today's complex and disruptive world. 


StageSHIFT D-E-E-P-E-R Coaching Supervision and Integration

This is an annual Program focused on the Dynamics, Efficacy, Evolution, Partnerships, Ethics, and Renewal of the coaching practices, and continuing personal transformation of StageSHIFT Coaches.

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Lead Systemic Team Workshops to Elevate Inner Coherence

This Advanced Team Coaching Program enables Outer Strategic Team Alignment and Inner Conscious Team Coherence to master the Complexity, Diversity, and Uncertainty they face with confidence and courage.

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A Collaborative Inquiry into the Soul Voyage in the 5th Perspective

This is a 12-month Program designed to support our understanding of related concepts and experiences during this quantum transition from the Self to the Soul, a new way of being at the source of our identity.

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Download an Outline of StageSHIFT's Supervision, Systemic Team, and Soul Voyage Programs

Paul Smith

I feel and believe strongly that this is "the real deal" in executive leadership development. As a humble attempt, I would say that it is unrivalled in its blend of science and applied wisdom, and in the inner more conscious self that evolves in embodied leadership presence.

Ekaterina Surkova

Antoinette has a unique style and approach. I'd emphasize her discernment and the ability to beautifully conceptualize complex ideas and get to the very core of things. I am fascinated with her methodology and her constantly inquiring mind and lightness.

Corinna Kingston

StageSHIFT offers an introspective inquiry whilst simultaneously developing our intervention skills to guide leaders to pivot and be far more impactful. Antoinette's deep knowledge, practical expertise, and utter passion for her subject is awe-inspiring.

Book, Articles, Podcasts, and Videos on Vertical Leadership Development

EXECUTIVE COACHING IN STRATEGIC HOLISTIC LEADERSHIP: The Drivers and Dynamics of Vertical  Development

This book is in three parts. Part I outlines the Stages of Leadership Transformation setting out their strengths and shadows, the evolution to Synergist, and the nature of 3rd generation Transformative Coaching. 

Part II explains the Strategic and Holistic Drivers that led to Synergist leadership capacity based on the research findings drawn from the thematic analysis of >100 coaching hours, and the essential attitudinal shifts to embrace the 4th Perspective along the way.

Part III explores the Dynamics of Later StageTransformation including the 2-Step Square Dance, and the correlation of Human Faculties and Energy Fields with Levels of Consciousness.

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Terri O'Fallon

Antoinette Braks' brilliant work, supported by her research, has focused on a pivotal arc in the developmental spectrum - the capacity of our leaders and coaches to take a mature, 4th Perspective. She has accessed the most salient aspects of different developmental models to create an effective, practical and grounded approach for guiding those who are ready, opening their eyes to the next generation of coaching and leading. This is much needed in a world that is hungry for new eyes that will see what is not yet seen, and heal hidden dilemmas that have not yet been identified.

Susanne Cook-Greuter

In these trying times of an unprecedented global health crisis, the smooth day-to-day running of civic affairs is disrupted. Thus, it is more urgent than ever before that mature leaders are at the helm of societies and corporations. As the speed and reach of global change and challenge in all areas of life is increasing, it becomes vital that more people develop the ability to take multiple perspectives, think systemically, consider the long-term effects of decisions and base them on the best available scientific evidence. This book offers a path to help leaders acquire these later stage characteristics.

Reinhard Stelter

As executive coaching supports the transformation from Achievist to Synergist as this book lays out, it will become much more than the support towards achieving the next goal on the career ladder. It will instead become a transformational dialogue: a holistic path that can humanize our world.

Maureen Metcalf

This is a much-needed, research-based book that shares crucial tools and techniques for coaches proven to move clients through the levels of developmental maturity.

Complimentary Chapters 1 and 2 from Executive Coaching in Strategic Holistic Leadership: The Drivers and Dynamics in Vertical Development

by Dr Antoinette Braks (McGraw Hill, 2020)


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Discover a Deep and Decisive Approach to Expand your Leadership Capacity and Elevate your Organization's Culture

Quantum Shifts in Vertical Leadership Development and Systemic Holistic Culture Evolution for CXO, Executive Teams and Top 10% Senior Leaders


Vertical Transformative Executive Coaching for CXO and Top Leaders

12-month Transformative Coaching Programs in Vertical Leadership Development with Dr Antoinette Braks and StageSHIFT Coaches, each with the expansive conscious capacity of Synergist and beyond, and the proven StageSHIFT pathway in adult development.

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Vertical Systemic Team Dynamics Coaching for CXO and Exec. Teams

12-month Systemic Team Dynamics Coaching Programs by leveraging the interpersonal dramas and complex challenges to expand consciousness. We partner with you to identify and resolve the source of inner dilemmas and outer issues to stop them recurring and fuel evolution.

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Vertical Holistic Leadership Programs serving Whole-of-Organization

Expedite a quantum shift in Leadership Effectiveness, People Engagement, and Sustainable Performance by building a new upper level to uplift the Executive Team and each successive level. Liberate everyone's potential with Vertical Holistic Leadership Development.

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Download an Outline of StageSHIFT Transformative Coaching and Culture Evolution Programs for Executive Leaders

Niklas Lindhardt

Antoinette, what a blessing that the fabric of life weaved your thread into my weave. The StageSHIFT Program is the most comprehensive I've ever seen, linking relevant frameworks in organizations, human development, psychology, and life as a whole, refining our Transforming Leader Programs in large industry, for even better results. Thank you for openheartedly sharing your personal experience and soul nuances with me on our journey.

Jacqueline van Paassen

Antoinette's profound and rare capacity to inspire developmental movement in individuals, teams, and the wider community is remarkable. She is part of a class of brilliant, humble human beings who invite you to fully meet yourself, your shadows and unfolding potential, simply by their presence and capacity to hold that space. Her unique, well-researched body of work enables leaders to integrate business and human development.

Anne Cosgrove

The StageSHIFT Program is unique in that it takes a holistic approach to transformation. Antoinette is a collaborative intuitive whose depth of knowledge in leadership development is unsurpassed. In a short period of time, she has galvanized the organization in a way that is remarkable. Did I say there was a whiff of culture change in the air? There is a gale force wind blowing and the organization and its people are the ultimate winners!

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Our StageSHIFT Global Vertical Coaching Community of Synergist+ Coaches 

Exceptional Synergist & Alchemist Certified StageSHIFT Coaches 

StageSHIFT Coaches offer 3rd generation Transformative Coaching beyond Developmental Coaching. It involves a dialogical partnership full of insights, invites, and inspiration to realize leadership capacity at Synergist. 

The later stage consciousness of our Coaches at mature Synergist and Alchemist offer you revelations not yet accessible at earlier stages of awareness, thus accelerating the vertical evolution of strategic leaders.

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Greg Ellis

I enjoy my coaching meetings with Antoinette principally because she continually challenges my normalized way of thinking. The coaching is not a linear process. It’s emergent, disruptive, and even disconcerting - that’s where the magic is. Antoinette considers things from a deeper dynamic perspective. Her focus on embracing our uniqueness is inspiring and amazingly effective.

Gary Groves

I found Antoinette's perspectives to be thoughtful and insightful, and her connection with mind, body, spirit revolutionized my thinking, and my actions. She has a unique ability to  recognize, understand, and explain complex leadership issues. Attuning my inner self and harnessing my authenticity to be a more innovative and strategic leader awoke the inner warrior within me.

Pat Richards

Antoinette was an engaging, skilful, intelligent, challenging, and enthusiastic person to work with. She integrated many new initiatives to transform our culture creating momentum from which results soon flowed. The terrific speed of success was due to her great ability to engage with our leaders. She was a vital source of energy and inspiration in setting our course and getting us going!

This Program is for EVERYONE to Discover the Power of Activating their own Conscious Vertical Development

Conscious Vertical Holistic Development for LEADERS: from Take to Fear, Work to Play, Grow to Flow, Calm to Care, and Free to Love with Joy!

Cultivate Self, Heal Shadow, and Embody Spirit with Conscious INTENTION 

This 9-Module 12-month Program is designed for everyone who would like to understand how they can raise their Self-Expression, deepen their Self-Awareness, enrich their Life Experience, and advance their Soul Evolution.

Dr. Antoinette Braks will invite you to apply the 8 drivers and dynamics in Vertical Systemic Holistic Leadership Development. Create a more conscious Self by design, resolve and heal your Shadow to eliminate reactive patterns, while reframing your history and uplifting your identity to shape a new Destiny.



A Deep Dive into Self-Awareness to Resolve Shadow Psychodynamics

When we view emotionally charged interactions with others as a universal signalling system that we are ready to heal suppressed emotional wounds from the past, life takes on new meaning and we discover who we can be. 

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40-Days of Amazing Spiritual, Emotional, Mindful, and Physical Renewal

The integration of spiritual, emotional, and physical renewal over a 40-day continuous period has led to becoming 10-kgs lighter, glowing with health, finding more peace within, and sparkling with joy in life.

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The Elevated Consciousness of a Soul Voyage into the 5th Perspective

Gain an understanding into the deeper intricacies of the transition into the 5th Perspective including the Dark Night of the Soul. Become more familiar with how to navigate the depth of feeling you may encounter.

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Karin Hamrin

Antoinette is one of the most brilliant coaches I have ever experienced. Being both gentle and direct, intuitive and clear, she generously and courageously shares her wisdom and insights. Antoinette, it's a truly amazing experience, being guided and coached by you, in the spiritually connected space where you and I meet. 

Sharifah Raudhah AlQudsy

Without her firm, generous, friendly, thought-provoking, heart-opening and soul-freeing guidance, I wouldn't be where I am today: totally on purpose with a big mind and open heart. Antoinette is the most aspirational, knowledgeable and loving leader I have come across. She is the go-to thought leader, guide in vertical development.

Heather Monro

The Program was indeed transformative. Through her collaborative, uplifting and deeply thought provoking approach, Antoinette challenged me to enquire deeply into my own development and articulate concepts and ideas that were just beyond my reach. It lifted my consciousness to another level. Her work is brilliant!

Your Coach and Guide: a Thought Leader and Pioneer Inspiring and Accelerating Journeys in Vertical Evolution

About Dr Antoinette Braks MCC PhD MBA.LBS

A Partner in Conscious Evolution

We need wiser, bolder, purposeful, systemic Leaders.
Executive Coaches guide and support Executive Leaders.
We need more wiser, bolder, purposeful, systemic Coaches.
StageSHIFT offers a proven accelerated pathway enabling both.


After a global corporate career leading Organizational Culture Evolution, Management Assessment, Leadership Development, People & Culture, and Strategic Renewal, Dr Antoinette Braks has been immersed in researching, designing, and leading Vertical Holistic Leadership Development and Systemic Culture Evolution Programs for executive coaches and client organizations. 

She is renowned for balancing intellect with intuition, business with wellbeing, and science with wisdom. Her prescient, uplifting, fast-paced, reflective style offers the depth and breadth, insight and foresight, discovery and discernment to more swiftly expand conscious awareness and mature leadership presence.

The liberating and empowering StageSHIFT Coaching and Consulting technology enables the swift emergence of an accountable, bold, collaborative, and innovative leadership culture designed to realize its highest aspirations.

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