Dr Antoinette J Braks 

MCC  PhD  PCASCS.OxB  MA  MBA.LBS  Dip Intl Mktg (Hons)  LLB(Hons)  BA 

Antoinette Braks is a Master Certified Leadership Coach (EMCC) and Founder of StageSHIFT Coaching. She has a PhD in Executive Coaching in Vertical Leadership Development and is the author of Executive Coaching in Strategic Holistic Leadership: The Drivers and Dynamics of Vertical Development (McGraw Hill 2020). Her research was published in the Integral Review: “Coaching Leads to Later Stage Development” (April 2020). Antoinette received the CEO Today 2020 Management Consulting Award in Leadership Coaching.

Antoinette has coached >3,500 hours with C-suite and divisional leaders, led >50 strategic offsites for executive teams and designed and led vertical leadership development programs for large groups of strategic leaders. She has led enterprise-wide transformations in the energy, business services and government sectors, and the creation of strategic papers and initiatives on the Future of Education and Policing in NSW Australia.

With her leadership, the StageSHIFT approach has generated extraordinarily swift transformative outcomes such as a 20% increase in Leadership Effectiveness in 12-months; a 30% increase in People Engagement in a 1,000-p organisation in 6 months; and a 100% increase in business revenues with a 50-p trading company just 3-weeks after customising the StageSHIFT approach.

Previously she built a global career leading OD, Leadership Development, and People & Culture with Shell in Latin America and Africa, Korn Ferry in Asia Pacific and Vector New Zealand. She also co-founded the Executive Coaching Division for Hudson Australia. Antoinette is now based in the Netherlands and Australia partnering with global leaders to customise and lead vertical enterprise evolution programs in collaboration with the global StageSHIFT community of outstanding later stage transformative executive coaches.

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Partnering with CXOs and Strategic Leaders to Rise Above the Turbulence and Flourish in Emergence

We're renowned for accelerating our clients' capacity to realise extraordinary outcomes through our unique and proven blend of strategic enterprise evolution, vertical holistic leadership development and transformative executive coaching to swiftly realise visionary, inspiring and purposeful aspirations.

Greg Ellis EGM Opal Transport for NSW 

I enjoy my coaching meetings with Antoinette principally because I find myself uncomfortable. 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.

Jane Simmons

Executive Director of Public Schools NSW 

I would like to give you a big thank you. Your creative and spiritual thinking has impacted so positively on my life this year.  I reflect back and think about how far I have come with your assistance along the way. Antoinette is a sensitive, creative and highly gifted coach. Her ability to coach senior leaders through the strategic maze of government while they balance their personal development is her strength. She is an Executive Coach of the highest calibre.

Richard Boggon

Director Transport Infrastructure Services Parsons Brinckerhoff

Occasionally we meet folks who bring a unique perspective to strategic conversations, creating new thoughts, ideas and innovative thinking. Antoinette is one such person, drawing on a wonderful knowledge and understanding in so many aspects of life and business. 

Elisa Recchi, Head of Risk Business Management HSBC Australia

I was very fortunate to have been given the opportunity to work with Antoinette Braks over the last year and I feel privileged to have her as a coach.  Antoinette’s style and approach allowed us both flexibility and to be able to focus on what was top of mind.  She asks the right questions that lead to very thought provoking and at times, confronting decisions, however this is what really helped me both personally and professionally.

Antoinette also provided me with tips and ideas on how to manage and lead more effectively and strategically, which has been so important to ensure I remained focused on my leadership capability and impact.  A big thank you to Antoinette for your unwavering support, advice and mentorship; you are a real treasure and I can’t thank you enough!

Gary Groves, Regional Executive Director FACS

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 helped me strengthen my ability to deliver a consistent vision personally and professionally; drive growth and development through people; encourage risk taking and accountability, and nurture self-awareness and reflective practice.

Antoinette has a unique ability to recognise, understand and explain complex leadership issues and, along the way, there have been some surprising personal realisations. Her mentoring makes me a better person every day, both at work and at home. 

Attuning my inner self and harnessing my authenticity to be more innovative and strategic brought me unique opportunities as an Executive Director working in government and awoke the inner warrior in me to lead my organisation to success.

Annie Tucker, HSE Manager Sydney Trains

Antoinette is a master of motivation and spiritual wizardry!  After each and every session with Antoinette, I leave feeling inspired and motivated with a sense of awe and wonder of the unlimited possibility of my own potential, the seed that is yet to be sewn. Her exuberant energy and zest for life is contagious yet she provides an architectural framework providing structure and support. I have been able to apply her teaching within my leadership role in the corporate world in addition to the future exploration of my spiritual development. How refreshing to have been blessed to have her as my executive coach and to share our life experience in the transformation of the soul.

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StageSHIFT Transformative Coaching takes everyone and the enterprise to the next level

Leaders at the later stage of Synergist have only been increasing at the rate of 1%/decade. They make up less than 10% of the executive population.

We need leaders at the stage of mature Synergist to create and lead Agile and Teal organisations, and at Alchemist to transcend today's socio-economic disruption to lead the design and development of new eco-centric sustainable synergistic systems.

Developmental coaching and offsite leadership programs are insufficient to realise later stage leadership capacity.

In contrast, StageSHIFT promises vertical outcomes fast. We offer a distinctive value proposition that integrates executive coaching in holistic leadership development that goes to the heart of identity, and vertical consulting in strategic enterprise evolution to expedite vertical development. 

Antoinette's new book sets out the history and evolution of constructive developmental psychology and the drivers and dynamics of vertical development that underpin the proven accelerated StageSHIFT approach.

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Susanne Cook-Greuter

Strategic Research Director Vertical Development Academy 

It is more vital than ever before that leaders develop the ability to think systemically and consider the long-term effects of decisions. Braks offers a path to help leaders acquire these later stage characteristics.

Terri O’Fallon

Founder and Partner of STAGES International

Antoinette’s brilliant work creates an effective, practical and grounded approach to guide coaches and leaders in a pivotal arc in the developmental spectrum.

Reinhard Stelter

Author of 3rd Generation Coaching and Professor of Coaching Psychology University of Copenhagen

Braks shows us how executive coaching can become a transformational dialogue; a holistic path that can humanise our world.

Dr Antoinette J Braks 

Antoinette was born in New Zealand and has spent most of her professional life in Sydney Australia, interspersed by three career sojourns based in London. She has held a number of regional global roles which led to significant travel in Europe, Asia Pacific, South America and Africa.

Now she is based in the Netherlands, the birthplace of her parents, enjoying a sense of soul homecoming. Antoinette has a daughter in London and travels to Australia to spend time there each summer with her two other children.

Jessica Löwenhielm

I am blown away and mesmerised by the devotion and amount of knowledge, research, techniques and tools that Antoinette has put together!

Not only has she helped me to take my own coaching practice and our leadership development programs to a totally new level of impact,  she has also elevated my own consciousness stimulating, uplifting and freeing the mind, heart and soul. 

I will be forever grateful for Antoinette helping me to fully understand and grasp the vastness, importance and grandness of vertical development, yet making it easy to start implementing, infusing and transforming my own work and its impact on my clients. 

Without her firm, generous, friendly, thought-provoking, heart-opening and soul-freeing guidance, I wouldn’t be where I am today. Antoinette is the most aspirational, knowledgeable and loving leader I have come across. She is the go-to thought leader, mentor and guide in the field of vertical development. 

Marianne Borg Hyökki

I met Antoinette the first time in the EMCC conference in June 2020. I chose her webinar and was absolutely energized and inspired by it. She offered a free consultation and I jumped on that. During the Summer I moved the call a few times, and even thought that I cancel it. Luckily I did not!

This is not only a coach training, it is most of all a developmental program for myself, while I simultaneously learn about vertical development and how to support my coaching clients to grow and mature.

Now with six modules behind me, I have learnt so much in this extremely generous program. The whole concept is firmly based in scientific research.

The videos, written material and the webinars are full of interesting stuff, which helps me think about myself, my thoughts, reactions and behaviour at the core of myself.

Antoinette supports in a loving and peaceful way and challenges me to go deeper.

Paul Smith

I first met Antoinette an EMCC national conference in 2019 and was immediately absorbed by her practical material and philosophy on vertical leadership development. This led to a two day workshop and ultimately, enrolment in Antoinette's Stageshift Coaching Programme.

I feel and believe strongly that this is “the real deal” in executive leadership development.

Not only is its peer-reviewed research platform impeccable, but in the degree of integrity and integration that pervades the whole approach. This is hard to convey without shared direct experience, as so many aspects are brought together here.

At a humble attempt, I would say that it is unrivalled in its blend of science and applied wisdom, inner work and outer application and in the extent of the inner more conscious self that evolves, expressed both in embodied leadership presence and its effects on others, and leading, directly, into organisational culture and behavioural change.

StageSHIFT Coaching is 4 times more effective in realising vertical leadership development, in 10% of the time invested than most Leadership Programs. It offers a 120% StageSHIFT in just 8 coaching sessions, a total of 2 days instead of 20.
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