StageSHIFT Your Effectiveness as a Systemic Adaptive Leader by Evolving Your Mindset and Applying the Proven Knowhow to Match the Pace of Change and Level of Complexity Today.


Become a Systemic Adaptive Leader

Senior Executive Leaders can match the pace of change and level of complexity today by adopting Systemic Adaptive Generative Leadership.  This leadership capacity is underpinned by upgrading to the Inner Operating System of a Post-Conventional Synergist Mindset at mature 4th Perspective.

Vertical Leadership Assessments indicate that less than 10% of Executive Leaders have made this StageSHIFT to an Open Synergist Mindset. Yet, with this level of conscious psychological maturity, leaders can transcend the turmoil they encounter, and see the opportunity in the face of a crisis to adapt their business model. They are able to navigate and solve multiple challenges simultaneously by resolving the interconnected issues systemically.

The problem is not being without the capacity to develop an Open Synergist Mindset. The capacity is latent, within every leader's inner potential. The issue is that most Leadership Programs and conventional Developmental Coaching are insufficient to unlockb this level of inner growth. Given that there are few role models, and conventional organisations inhibit this organic growth in adult maturity, we need new scalable systemic solutions.

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.

- Paul Smith, Transformative Executive StageSHIFT Coach

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.

- Emma Pearson, Transformative Executive StageSHIFT Coach

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

- Heather Monro, Transformative Executive StageSHIFT Coach

A Proven Pathway & Scalable Solution

In her PhD research, Dr Antoinette Braks explored the efficacy of a unique Transformative Coaching approach to enable Vertical Development to the open Synergist Mindset that underpins the leadership capacity of Systemic Adaptive Generative Leaders. 80% of Senior Executives starting out with a >80% Conventional Mindset shifted a full Stage to Catalyst at early 4th Perspective, and the other 20% shifted through to Synergist in a single year.

These outcomes were extraordinary. They were in direct contrast to the common expert opinion that it takes 5-6 years to develop to Synergist with a Coach at least at that Stage of Maturity.  StageSHIFT enables most Executive Leaders to shift to a Synergist mindset within 1-2 years. In client organisations, the Leadership Effectiveness of 75 leaders doubled in 2-years; People Engagement in a 1000-person org. doubled in 6-months; and Business Revenues for a 50-person trading company doubled 3-months following a StageSHIFT implementation.

8 key drivers were distilled from the thematic analysis of >100,000 words documenting the content of the coaching conversations in the research study. They cover all four Quadrants above in a particular sequence integrating Self and System, Awareness and Application. StageSHIFT partners with Executive Leaders to generate an upgrade in their Inner and Outer Operating Systems simultaneously. Our approach accelerates organic Adult Leadership Development to the higher level of consciousness essential to master systemic complexity.

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 due to her ability to understand and engage with people.

She has clear insight into what drives behaviours in the workplace and how to make momentous changes in perspective. Her strong strategic focus, business acumen and gracious understanding of people mean you will gain far more than you expect!

Did I say there was a whiff of culture change in the air? There is a gale force wind blowing and the organization and people are the ultimate winners!

- Anne Cosgrove, Executive Director People and Culture

Antoinette was an engaging, skilful, 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 the leaders and ensure that the adopted strategies were well understood and effectively implemented to drive toward the desired outcomes.

She was a vital source of energy and inspiration in setting our new course and getting us going!

- Pat Richards, CEO Shared Business Services Company

Antoinette instigated a terrific collaboration with us by leading a Strategic Offsite for our new Executive Team. It was an invigorating and highly productive 2-day workshop to set our Strategic Direction and the Leadership Culture we wanted.

She then designed and led a CONFIDENT Leaders Program that enabled the Top 75 leaders become more self-aware and develop the courageous authenticity and team accountability to lift our performance.

Her broad strategic perspective and deep insights into mindfulness, emotional intelligence and personal power stimulated a significant shift in our ability to collaborate with our business partners and build a thriving sustainable agricultural sector.

- Michael Bullen, Dpty Director General, Agriculture NSW

Upgrade Your Mindset and Uplift Your Leadership

CATAPULT YOUR GROWTH, EVOLVE YOUR MINDSET, and EXPAND YOUR KNOWHOW in a 40-Week Proven Program so you can Match the Complexity and Uncertainty of Today’s VUCA World. Become an extraordinary Systemic Adaptive Leader and FAST TRACK YOUR CAREER to make a critical difference.

Apply the proven StageSHIFT Systemic Templates and Holistic Techniques to Cultivate Your Leadership Capacity as a Generative Ethical Leader with a Synergist Mindset. Discover exactly how to build an Accountable, Collaborative, Empowering, Dynamic Team Culture and a Flourishing, Sustainable Business Ecosystem. 


An Immersive Experience

The analogical transformation from caterpillar to chrysalis to butterfly is reflected in the cumulative momentum engineered by StageSHIFT's Transformative Leadership Journey. It enables 8 progressive Leadership styles to emerge while facilitating the gradual vertical StageSHIFT in Mindset that leads to extraordinary broad spectrum  Leadership Effectiveness. 

From System through to Identity, Journey, and Culture, StageSHIFT harnesses aspirational intent with a Purposeful Vision, Evolutionary Values, and Signature Voice. Clients discover how to cultivate the Self, heal Shadow, and embody Spirit, while learning to master their time and energy, and hold Courageous Caring Conversations to uplift cultural norms. 

Senior Executives build the Systemic Strategic Scaffolding so their people can take greater accountability and together forge an empowering High Trust Team Performance Culture. Senior Leaders become free to lead transformative change, traverse boundaries, and elevate their perspective to the surrounding business ecosystem enabling all stakeholders to thrive and flourish in more sustainable, healthy, and equitable ways.


I am blown away and mesmerized by the amount of knowledge, research, techniques and tools Antoinette has put together! Not only has she helped me to take my leadership development programs to a totally new level of impact, she has also elevated my own consciousness and strongly contributed to my soul development.

Antoinette is the most aspirational, knowledgeable and loving leader I have come across. She is the go-to thought leader, mentor and guide in vertical development.

- Jessica Lowenhielm, Transformative Executive StageSHIFT Coach

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.

- Jacqueline van Paassen, Transformative Executive StageSHIFT Coach

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.

Another unique thing is the community of late stage coaches and the depth of conversation that I rarely experience anywhere else.

- Ekaterina Surkova, Transformative Executive StageSHIFT Coach

A New Learning Architecture

The Evolutionary Leadership Journey is iterative and cumulative. We deliver a profoundly personalised, contextualised, and socialised authenticated learning experience where Executives apply proven systemic frameworks and adaptive techniques in the workplace to fast track their leadership effectiveness and evolve the culture.

Our proprietary RADAR methodology has been refined over many years to optimise each executive's learning journey. It integrates Leadership Development with Transformative Coaching to expand Inner Mindset and Heartspace, and the organisation's Systemic Context to uplift the whole. In addition to Knowledge, Skillset, and Attributes, we instil Knowhow, Sense-making, and Awareness through deeper, systemic engagement.

Executives are guided, supported and encouraged, challenged, stretched, and equipped, to nurture and nourish their latent inner talents and heal the shadow beneath reactive emotions and power dynamics. This leads to wiser, collaborative leadership, courageous inspired action, and purposeful meaningful work as a Systemic Adaptive Generative Ethical Leader.


Wow! I have long been a student of Vertical Development both for my coaching practice and my own evolving development. Meeting and working with Antoinette has catapulted my development. I had felt stuck and boy has she freed me. Antoinette is not only one of the more knowledgable people I have come across in this field, she is also one of the most practical in sharing that knowledge with executives, all done in the most relevant of business benefits and in a meaningful and holistic way.

As a trainer she is superb, as a coach she is tough compassionate and incredibly supportive. Her attention to the shadow side of coaching, individual and organisational shadow makes a huge difference. I feel privileged and fortunate to have been able to work with Antoinette and will continue to work with her as one of my mentors.

For all leaders who know and feel they can develop themselves and their organisations to lead through the volatile, chaotic, and uncertain world we find ourselves in, to deliver long term sustainable results, I cannot recommend StageSHIFT highly enough.

- Ian Sellick, StageSHIFT Executive Leadership Coach

Embarking on the transformative StageSHIFT journey with Antoinette has been nothing short of phenomenal! Just over 18 months ago, I serendipitously discovered her profound expertise in Vertical Development as I delved deeper into the subject.

Antoinette's mastery in coaching shines through as she seamlessly blends deep wisdom, compassion, and unwavering support. Her ability to delve into the shadows at both individual and organisational levels, sculpting a unique path for each participant, has been a game-changer.

The program doesn't stop at theory but immerses us in the practical application of vertical development principles, accelerating transformations in a truly impactful way.

Antoinette possesses an extraordinary gift as a leadership coach – she listens deeply. Her commitment to personal evolution, combined with an innate ability to draw on vast inner wisdom, creates an awe-inspiring blend. Weave this with her extensive organisational knowledge and a tried-and-tested suite of personal/leadership development tools, and the impact is immense. It's an honour to be part of this remarkable journey!

- Karen Dobbyn, CEO & StageSHIFT Executive Leadership Coach

The models that Antoinette has developed are filled with wisdom and depth. The StageSHIFT Programs are rich in content. They integrate multiple theories of the latest and most recent knowledge in Adult Development.

It is beautifully crafted into a well thought through curriculum, which stretches your thinking and challenges you to do the inner work that requires deep introspection. It is a must for any leader who wants more from their job, who wants to live a more purposeful life.

Leaders who understand that their role is bigger than they are, that the organisational visions they set and decisions they make have the potential to shift people, communities, and societies, are the kind of leaders that will thoroughly enjoy and benefit from this transformational journey.

As a Systemic Development Practitioner, learning new tools, techniques and methodologies is my passion. I have been coaching, training and delivering leadership development programs for over 20-years. Yet, this Program was unlike any other I've ever experienced. It awakened my understanding to another level of consciousness.

- Sandra Aveleira Viljoen, StageSHIFT Executive Leadership Coach

StageSHIFT Coaches

StageSHIFT Coaches are highly experienced Executive Coaches who have enjoyed global corporate careers. They bring an intrinsic embodied spiritual presence to their coaching collaborations, and offer the elevated mindset, expanded heartspace, and heightened level of consciousness to inspire deep revelations and systemic meaning-making for our clients.

We bring lightness, love, and laughter to fuel intrinsic learning journeys, balanced by a broad systemic perspective of our global business, community, and environmental ecosystems. Our shared intent is to partner with executive leaders to inspire and accelerate a quantum vertical shift in conscious leadership capacity and effectiveness.

We embrace the opportunity in systemic complexity, rising volatility, and emergent uncertainty to partner with you in the co-creation of more sustainable, healthy, and equitable business ecosystems where current and future generations and all of life flourishes.


Hi, I'm Antoinette Braks,

Founder of StageSHIFT.

I'm a Master Executive Coach with over 8,000 hours of Individual, Group and Team Coaching Experience with Senior Executives, Teams, and Executive Coaches following a 30-year global corporate career including leadership roles with Shell and Korn Ferry.

I hold a PhD in Leadership Psychology and Transformative Coaching and an MA in Management Research from Macquarie University, an MBA from London Business School, Advanced Coaching Supervision from Oxford Brookes University, a Dip Intl Mktg (Hons), LLB(Hons) and BA from the University of Auckland.

I’ve been working explicitly in Vertical Holistic Leadership Development and Systemic Organisational Development for over 30 years. My research findings are published in the academic articles below and in my book: Executive Coaching in Strategic Holistic Leadership (McGraw Hill 2020). I was incredibly honoured to receive the CEO Award for Leadership Coaching in 2020.

My career has always been important to me. I’ve been a bit of a crusader. This has enabled me to excel and also got me into hot water from time to time. I've learned how to bridge opportunity with reality in the deeply transformative systemic work we do. I'm focused on becoming more patiently aspirational, gently provocative, and humbly tenacious.


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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.

- Terri O'Fallon, STAGES Global Thought Leader

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.

- Susanne Cook-Greuter, STAGES Pioneer

If 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.

- Reinhard Stelter, Psychology Prof. Copenhagen University. Author 3rd Gen Coaching

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

- Maureen Metcalf, CEO Innovative Leadership Institute

Upgrade Your Mindset and Uplift Your Leadership

CATAPULT YOUR GROWTH, EVOLVE YOUR MINDSET, and EXPAND YOUR KNOWHOW in a 40-Week Proven Program so you can Match the Complexity and Uncertainty of Today’s VUCA World. Become an extraordinary Systemic Adaptive Leader and FAST TRACK YOUR CAREER to make a critical difference.

Apply the proven StageSHIFT Systemic Templates and Holistic Techniques to Cultivate Your Leadership Capacity as a Generative Ethical Leader with a Synergist Mindset. Discover exactly how to build an Accountable, Collaborative, Empowering, Dynamic Team Culture and a Flourishing, Sustainable Business Ecosystem.