Become a Visionary Inspiring Purposeful Leader


1. Uplift your role from operations to become a VISIONARY strategic leader.
2. Free yourself from power battles and use your personal power to INSPIRE.
3. Make the StageSHIFT from exhausting to exhilarating PURPOSEFUL work!


Learn how to Seed Tomorrow, Streamline Workflow, and Heal Shadow as a VIP Leader with a Synergist Mindset.




Be bold. Be brave. Be more.

StageSHIFT is a coaching and consulting company. We run an advanced Leadership Program so Senior Executives can step up, dive deep, and speak out to become Visionary, Inspiring, Purposeful - VIP - Leaders. We specialise in Vertical Leadership Development to the mature Stage of a Synergist Mindset with a Transforming Worldview. This level of mature conscious leadership capacity is essential to be a VIP leader at Senior Executive level freed from operations and power battles to make a bigger difference!

We’re known for quickly enabling Senior Executives become VIP Synergist leaders of their part of the organization and business ecosystem in one third of the usual time - in 1-2 years instead of 5-6, if ever. Make the StagaeSHIFT from feeling exhausted to exhilarated! Discover how to lead the co-creation of more sustainable, healthy, and equitable outcomes in our VUCA world with ease and confidence.

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MAKE the StageSHIFT to a transforming Synergist MINDSET so you can quickly become an amazing

Visionary Inspiring Purposeful Leader

Senior Executive Leaders can match the relentless pace of change and increasing level of complexity today by developing a transforming Synergist mindset at the mature 4th Perspective of Adult Development. You can see in the diagram above the facets of Leadership that develop through the 4th Perspective to navigate and transcend VUCA.

With the Transforming Mindset of a Synergist, leaders can cut through the overwhelm and see opportunity in the face of a crisis. They're able to resolve multiple challenges simultaneously by working through the underlying interconnected issues systemically.

The capacity to develop such a mindset is latent. Although still rare, only 10% of executives are objectively assess to hold this mindset, it is within every senior leader's inner potential. The problem is that there are few role models, most development programs are inadequate, and conventional organisations inhibit this organic growth.

Be Bold.   Be Brave.   Be More.

1. Take the Executive Leadership Scorecard 


Are you a Senior Executive looking to elevate your leadership mindset and skillset? Take the Senior Executive VIP Leadership Scorecard quiz to uncover your strengths and areas for growth, and gain immediate feedback on what you can do to improve your score and become one of the most Visionary Inspiring Purposeful Leaders in your industry.

When I first met Antoinette, I was fatigued, stressed at work and not enjoying life. In the very first meeting, the underlying issues were exposed. She shed light on my life and revealed things that I simply had not seen or understood. Her positive, forward-looking approach made me feel optimistic.

Antoinette helped me work through changes in my organizational structure to enable me to focus on the higher strategic issues I enjoy. And most importantly, she addressed my whole-of-life progression, not just my work-life.

- CIO Emergence Services & Transport Sectors

I took up coaching with Antoinette to become more strategic and confident. Her fast-paced approach mixing theory and practical advice was extremely helpful. She is a challenging and energetic coach who held me to account in the nicest possible way.

I always looked forward to our meetings because I knew that I would learn something new and useful. I now have a framework to approach strategic issues and many tools and techniques to draw on so I can hold my own in a senior executive environment. I would not have thought this possible a few years ago.

- Group Executive Director HSE

I was dealing with a very complex personal and commercial situation which Antoinette was very quick in understanding the holistic picture.

Her commercial experience together with insight into situational dynamics and personality traits greatly assisted me in breaking the complexity down into manageable pieces to find positive forward moving paths.

Most importantly, she gave me the confidence and courage to implement what I considered prior to our sessions an almost insurmountable challenge.

- CEO. Manufacturing Sector

A Proven Pathway & Scalable Solution

The analogical transformation from caterpillar to chrysalis to butterfly is reflected in the cumulative momentum engineered by StageSHIFT's Transformative Leadership JourneyIn her PhD research, Dr Antoinette Braks explored the efficacy of a unique approach to enable Vertical Development to the open Synergist Mindset and Transforming Worldview that enables Senior Executives to be highly effective and successful - fast!

In contrast to the common expert opinion that it takes 5-6 years to develop a Synergist Mindset, StageSHIFT enables most Executive Leaders to shift to a Synergist Mindset within 1-2 years. 80% of Senior Executives starting out with a >80% Conventional Growth Mindset shifted a full Stage to a Redefining Catalyst Mindset at early 4th Perspective, and the other 20% developed a Transforming Synergist Mindset in a single year.

In our collaborations with Senior Executives leading 1000-person organizations, clients have doubled their Leadership Effectiveness within 2-years and doubled their People Engagement in just 6-months. They evolved their Corporate Culture and improved their Customer Experience and Business Performance. A 50-person trading company even doubled their revenues 3-months following a StageSHIFT upgrade in their company's operating system and senior leaders' mindset.

The 8 Step Sequence was distilled from the Thematic Analysis of >100,000 words documenting the coaching conversations in the research study. StageSHIFT partners with Executive Leaders to generate an upgrade in their Inner Mindset and Outer Operating System simultaneously. Our approach accelerates organic Leadership Development to the elevated level of consciousness needed to master systemic complexity in uncertainty and co-create a more sustainable, healthy, and equitable world.

Be bold. Be brave. Be more.

2. Join Our Live Masterclass on the StageSHIFT to VIP Leadership with a Synergist Mindset


Discover the great value of VIP Leadership:

  1. The 3 Traps Senior Executives often fall into.
  2. The 6 Perspectives in Vertical Development.
  3. The 4 Keys that Unlock Your Latent Potential.
  4. The 8 Steps to Expedite Executive Evolution.
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Lift Your Level of Consciousness to Match the Level of Complexity

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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.

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 an invigorating 2-day Offsite for our new Executive Team to set our Strategic Direction and Leadership Culture.

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

A New Learning Architecture

The Evolutionary Leadership Journey is iterative and cumulative. We deliver a 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.

Be Bold. Be Brave. Be More.

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3. Register for our FREE Introductory Program 


Find out more about Advanced Leadership Development for Senior Executives. Discover the 4 key issues that inhibit development in organizations, the 8 keys that unlock your potential, and the 3 struggles that most Senior Executives face as they step up into the role of the conductor of the orchestra along with their proven solutions.

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Working with Antoinette was an enriching learning experience, and the outcomes were fantastic! She impressed as an expert in leadership and the development of personal power. Her style is thought provoking and challenging, yet informal, adaptable, encouraging and fun! Whilst I thought some of her ideas were outside the box, Antoinette's guiding questions and insights helped me to find my "voice". The fluidity of our conversations sparked off many new ideas and paths to follow. It was a truly fulfilling experienceI

- Executive Director, Global Investment Bank

I had the privilege of Antoinette supporting me recently in my goals to advance my career and was extremely impressed. Her ability to provide constructive feedback was invaluable and insightful from the first meeting. 

Our interactions allowed me to reflect on my purpose and consider a more holistic appreciation of the impact of my body and verbal language in the C-suite environment. She really invested in my success and I recommend her to others focused on extending themselves to realise their career aspirations.

- EGM Strategy & Innovation Energy Sector

My time with Antoinette will forever have a positive impact on my approach to leadership. I found her perspectives to be thoughtful and insightful, and her connection with mind, body, spirit revolutionised my thinking and, most importantly, my actions.

Antoinette has a unique ability to recognise, understand and explain complex leadership issues. Attuning my inner self and harnessing my authenticity to be more innovative and strategic awoke the inner warrior in me as a leader of my organization.

- CEO, Social Services Sector

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Enjoy the first two chapters of Executive Coaching in Strategic Holistic Leadership to find out more about the History and Stages of Vertical Development. We'll also email you with our new insights and updates as they unfold.

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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, 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

4. Discover more about Vertical Development 


Vertical Development is one of the fastest growing fields in Leadership. While horizontal development is equally important to mature at the emerging 4th Perspective, it's impossible to anchor at Synergist without releasing the tight grip on driving results for customers as a high performing Achievist at 3rd Perspective. This Program explains how it works.

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An Immersive Experience

The StageSHIFT VIP Synergist Leadership Program enables 8 facets of Leadership 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 resolves the problems experienced by Senior Executives at source. Clients discover how to cultivate the Self, heal Shadow, and embody Spirit, while mastering their time and energy to achieve powerful systemic outcomes in their organization and business ecosystem. 

The Program integrates rich online resources including videos, notes, worksheets and templates so you can customise them for your organization. You'll be able to refine and rehearse your work in peer collaborations and receive personalised feedback to ensure your solutions will be highly effective. The immersive webinars and special guest masterclasses provide for a profoundly transformative learning journey.

Be Bold.   Be Brave.   Be More.

5. Find out more about our Accelerator Program 


If you're struggling with:

  1. Being stuck in the weeds of operations instead of doing the strategic work you want and need to do
  2. The higher exposure, political rivalry, and performance anxiety that comes with a senior executive role
  3. Wondering if you've really got what it takes to be effective at this level given the overwhelm and time pressures

then it's time to invest in your success and excel in your career.

About 60% of new executives fail in the first 18-months. 76% say that development processes were inadequate and 55% that coaching services were subpar (US Corporate Executive Board). 

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Hi, I'm Antoinette Braks,

Founder of StageSHIFT.

I'm a Master Certified Executive Coach with over 8,000 hours of Individual, Group and Team Coaching Experience with Senior Executives, Teams, and Executive Coaches. This follows a 25-year global career spanning Senior Executive roles leading People & Culture and Leadership Capital Solutions with Shell, Korn Ferry, and Vector.

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

I’ve been working explicitly in Vertical Holistic Leadership Development and Systemic Organizational 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 honoured to receive 2 Macquarie University Prizes for Excellence and the CEO Award for Leadership Coaching in 2020.

My career has always been important to me. I’m 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 to lead holistic systemic transformation. I'm focused on becoming more patiently aspirational, gently provocative, and humbly tenacious.

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StageSHIFT Coaches

StageSHIFT Coaches are experienced Executive Coaches who have enjoyed global corporate careers. They bring an intuitive 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 systemic perspective of our global business, community, and planetary ecosystems. Our shared intent is to partner with executive leaders to inspire and accelerate a quantum vertical shift in conscious leadership capacity and effectiveness to co-create flourishing sustainable, healthy, equitable business ecosystems.


Be Bold. Be Brave. Be More.

Free Leadership Scorecard

Identify your strengths and blind spots to become a more Visionary, Inspiring and Purposeful leader who is highly effective in Senior Executive Roles.


Free Introductory Program

Find out more about the proven 8-Step StageSHIFT Sequence to fast track your growth as a Senior Executive.


Free Live Webinar

Join our Free Webinar to find out more about the 8 Steps to become one of the most Visionary Inspiring Purposeful leaders in your industry.


Antoinette has helped me remodel how I write, talk and feel about myself and my skills, enhancing my strategic expression and guiding me through a career transformation!

I found her to be an inspirational, knowledgeable and captivating Executive Coach and I would highly recommend her to anyone seeking clarity, new direction and heightened courage! 

- Director R&D

I enjoy my coaching with Antoinette because she challenges my normalized way of thinking. 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.

- Executive General Manager Transport Systems

Antoinette was exactly what I needed - someone who had the vision and clarity to challenge, encourage and support my planning and preparation for the next step in my career.

It was great to have someone with honesty, integrity as well as exceptional emotional intelligence and useful practical tools to help me on the journey.

- Program Director Transport Sector