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This Program introduces you to the vast richness of VHLD and the StageSHIFT approach to inspiring and accelerating the journey to mature Synergist. It provides you with both a political and topographical map of the terrain so you gain an understanding of how we can  realize our intrinsic human potential.

Each of the 3 parts includes comprehensive 20p RADAR notes and inquiry for you, outlined by videos, to familiarize yourself with the content. They are each followed by a Live Group Discovery Dialogue to articulate and  integrate your understanding.

RADAR is our proprietary Vertical Learning Methodology for each element: Review & Reflection; Awareness & Attention; Discovery Dialogue; Assignments & Application; Results & Revelation. 

You can undertake the VHLP Self-Assessment at any time during this Program and book a 90-min Discovery Debrief with Dr Antoinette Braks to ascertain the texture of your current journey and set resonant aspirations to inspire and inform your continuing psychological, emotional, and spiritual development.

This Program is a pre/co-requisite of the StageSHIFT Vertical Transformative Coaching Certification Program. The next one follows this Program running from May to December 2023.


We provide you with a brief history of the Lines and Levels in VHLD including Motives, Means, Morals, Memes, and Mind. We outline the sequence of Stages, Perspectives, and Tiers that illuminate the 2-Step Square Dance. It offers a view of the pivotal point in our current evolution.


This element explores the Holistic Spectrum StageSHIFT, and interconnects the Human Faculties of Self-Expression and the Energy Fields of our Conscious Life Experience in the StageSHIFT Holistic Energy Operating System. We review the evolving organizational context. 


We share the StageSHIFT Research Findings in terms of the Integral AQAL Pathway providing the Systemic and Spiritual context for VHLD. We set out the 8 Drivers, 3 Principles, and 5 Active Ingredients in Vertical Transformative Coaching, concluding with the mythic spiral Hero's Journey.


We invite you to undertake the Vertical Holistic Leadership Profile so you can gain a more granular understanding of executive leadership-in-action at the progressive Stages of Development. It's an automated, capability-based self-assessment instrument based on our VHLP Model incorporating:

  • 6 Levels of Development from Specialist to Alchemist;
  • 5 Leads in Development: Mindset, Motive, Meme, Means, and Mode;
  • 4 Lines of Development: AQ - Action Orientation, EQ - Emotional Awareness, MQ - Mindful Attention, and SQ - Spiritual Congruence; and
  • 3 Limits of Development: Offence, Defence, and Absence.

The 40p VHLP Report offers a great summary of VHLD covered in greater detail in the Introductory Program, including an inquiry into your Top Seven Strengths, Stressors, Blind Spots, and Stretches to discover your own resonance with the material and set customized aspirational intentions.

You can also register for the VHLP Assessment Certification Program to offer this breakthrough automated yet sophisticated Assessment Instrument to client executives at any time. There are 10 annual monthly Online Group Discovery Dialogues that amplify the Online Resources.

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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.



Would you also like to take Your Coaching to a Whole New Level?


This StageSHIFT Vertical Transformative Coaching Certification Program has been described as “a beautifully designed map illuminating the path for vertical evolution; one of the most rewarding, truly amazing programs I have ever undertaken; unrivalled in its blend of science and applied wisdom; the most comprehensive program I’ve ever seen linking organizations, human development, psychology, and life as a whole; enables leaders to integrate business and human development; a holistic approach to transformation.”

The proven StageSHIFT Vertical Transformative Coaching approach integrates 3rd Generation Coaching with Post-conventional Vertical Leadership and Organizational Development. It elevates the consciousness and systemic effectiveness of executive coaches so you can truly partner with your clients. By taking your own  journey along our proven pathway, you will expand your coaching presence and practice, and extend your knowledge and knowhow.

Vertical leadership development is on the rise in leadership today due to the urgent need for strategic leaders to shift to later stages so they can cut through complexity, transcend volatility, and lead the co-creation of more empowered, innovative, collaborative, flourishing business and social ecosystems.

Discover the proven StageSHIFT knowhow that  accelerates the capacity for executive coaches and strategic leaders to shift to the rare stage of mature Synergist, and take their client organizations to Green-Teal, in just 1-3 years.

Is it Time To Uplift Your Self?

This Transformative Coaching Program enables you to Expand your Leadership Presence and Coaching Practice.

"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."

Jessica Lowenhielm

"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

"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."

Thomas Bjerkhede

"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

"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."

Ekaterina Surkova





SYNERGIST Leaders are wise, bold, purposeful, systemic leaders. They 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 in challenging contexts. 

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. As a StageSHIFT Coach at mature Synergist, you'll be able to guide and enable your clients to evolve and mature to Synergist too.

As you integrate and embody the many multifaceted StageSHIFT models, frameworks, techniques, and processes, you'll be able to renew your strategic leadership of your coaching practice; cultivate your self and heal shadow psychodynamics to expand your coaching presence; and find and articulate your authentic Voice to lead a more fulfilling, meaningful, and purposeful life. 

Our Signature 8-Module accelerated 8-month Program takes you explicitly through the research-based 8 Drivers of Vertical Holistic Leadership Development to apply these to your work, self, and life. Your expansion in consciousness and your development of a deep understanding of the StageSHIFT technology, will enable you to offer the same liberating and enriching journey to your executive clients and their organizations.

There are videos, some 20 pp of RADAR content, and extensive articles for each Module, explored during 16 * 1¾-hr. Group Online Discovery Dialogues. We take a deep dive into the content and its application to yourself,  your coaching practice, your clients and your life. There are also 8 Peer Collaborations and 8 Assignments to articulate and integrate your learning.

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This Module sets up the Systemic Strategic Scaffolding to facilitate your own and an executive leader’s aspirational Intent to build a more Conscious Sustainable Business e.g., how to re-imagine their place in the world, create a Visionary Purpose, a set of Evolutionary Values, and cascade Team EQUIP Scorecards to create an open expansive space for conscious vertical growth for all levels in the organization.


This Module explores the interweaving concepts of time and energy to significantly uplift the creative engagement of strategic leaders and their leadership teams. It flows into the development of a Dynamic Operating Rhythm that orchestrates engagement throughout the organization and includes Liberating Meeting Agendas to lift ingenuity and accountability.


This Module focuses on our inner being, our mindset and moodset, in relation to positive psychology, emotional awareness, conscious mindfulness, neuroscience and wellbeing. It recommends more authentic and respectful forms of self-expression to revise and reframe our internal voices and default responses while building respectful relationships with others.


This Module explains emotional triggers, transference, reactive patterns, and throw-away lines in the context of shadow resolution. While we’re aware of the different parts of the brain and the sabotaging effect of the amygdala, few transcend emotional resilience to resolve, heal, and eliminate the personal shadow at the source of the drama of our INTERACTIONS.


This Module invites a Vertical Holistic Life Review to understand our history, redesign our identity, and shape a new destiny by reviewing, revising, and reframing our own narrative. It sets the context of storytelling for deeper more transformative meaning making, drawing on interpersonal, role and family dynamics, archetypes, and ancestral themes.


This Module invites the presence of leadership while engaging with others, for oneself and on behalf of the people we lead and partner with. The Synergist capacity to set and hold standards, boundaries and priorities creates psychological safety for self and others to uplift an organization’s culture and increase the level of conscious engagement and collaborative innovation.


This Module inspires you to articulate your Voice to give the highest expression to your intrinsic purpose in life and business, and similarly, to guide your executive clients. We review the structure and tenor of presentations from Ted Talks to conferences. The 12 P’s of Living Signature Presentations enable you to create and share a living Masterpiece-in-Progress.


This Module completes the Program in the light of developing the prescience of inspiring Synergist Leadership. It extends strategic leadership to the wider community to proactively build a bigger audience and/or broader Stakeholder Collaborative Engagement to realize long-term uplifting sustainable outcomes across the surrounding business, social, and human ecosystem.



This StageSHIFT Vertical Transformative Coaching Certification Program has been running for over 5 years and there are more than 50 Certified Coaches. It is based on the research findings that led to strategic leaders evolving from high performing executive leaders at Achievist, to shift to Catalyst and embody the quantum leadership capacity of Synergist in just 1-2 years.

The Program enables Coaches to undertake their own evolutionary journey to mature Synergist, while gaining the VHLD expertise, StageSHIFT technology and personal experience to enable their executive clients to accelerate their journeys through your inspiration and guidance. It is based on the premise that this latent capacity is already present amongst leaders today yet is inhibited by the conventional structural norms found in most organizations. The Program integrates the expansion of consciousness with culture evolution.

You'll be able to confidently guide executive leaders on how to uplift their leadership capacity and their organization with proven strategic frameworks and collaborative engagement processes. The cascading effect of this technology raises the level of empowered accountability throughout the leader’s area of responsibility. This enables them to rise to their own potential, lead and sustain a culture evolution to Green/Teal, and, in time, lead the design and realization of healthier and more equitable socioeconomic ecosystems.

You’ll develop the confidence of a Transformative Coach moving beyond the limitations of the clean, open inquiry of Developmental Coaching. While valuable, the expanded consciousness of a calm, clear, open, more expansive mind, and new understanding of the subtle intricacies of the holistic Self and shadow psychodynamics, enables you to courageously guide your clients with deeper insights and revelations.


Download a Profile of Antoinette Braks

I've been on a conscious evolutionary journey for over 20 years. It's my purpose in life to help us realize the extraordinary power of our human potential, and organizations their highest aspirations, so we can lead more meaningful, fulfilling, loving, and flourishing lives. 

I'm an eternal student with 7 degrees incl. a PhD in Transformative VHLD Coaching, author, concept designer, mother of three, global citizen, emissary for peace, and partner in conscious evolution.

I've been based in Europe for the last five years, and in 2023, I'm in New Zealand once again, my birthplace. Life is a continuing cycle of growth as we evolve and return to old landscapes with new eyes.

Join me on a journey of self-discovery, healing, self-love, and the inspiration to uplift and transform our coaching work and world.

If you have any questions, please send me an email.

"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."

Jacqueline van Paassen, Executive Coach

"The StageSHIFT Program is the most comprehensive I've ever seen, linking organizational frameworks, human development, psychology, and life as a whole. Thank you for openheartedly sharing your personal experiences and nuances of the soul with me."

Niklas Lindhardt, Vertical Transformation Coach

"The StageSHIFT Vertical Transformative Coaching Certification Program is one of the most reward programs I have ever undertaken. It is exactly what the world needs right now, a focus on developing purposeful leaders to lead us in the VUCA world we find ourselves in. While I have rich and varied 30 years' experience in industry, this Program expanded my capacity at an accelerated pace."

Valerie Gleeson, Executive Vertical Coach

"Without her firm, generous, friendly, thought-provoking, heart-opening and soul-freeing guidance, support and coaching throughout the Program, 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."

Sharifah Raudhah AlQudsy, Executive Coach

"Antoinette is one of the most brilliant coaches I have ever experienced. Both gentle and direct, intuitive and clear, she generously and courageously shares her wisdom and insights."

Karen Hamrin, Executive Leadership Coach





The Introduction to Vertical Holistic Leadership Development will be at 12pm Pacific Time on Thursdays 13, 20 and 27 April 2023.

The 16 fortnightly Coaching Certification Discovery Dialogues will run at 12pm Pacific Time on Thursdays 4 May to 14 December.

Please go to to convert this time to your timezone for April 2023.

If there are 10 or more, I will set up a second time to accommodate everyone, so please register your interest regardless of time zone.

The Coaching Program has between 5 and 8 Participants to balance intimacy with diversity and create an immersive learning experience.

There are Three Payment Options: A Single Payment; Two 50/50 Payments (March & June); and 10 Monthly Payments (March-Dec).

There are Three EARLYBIRD Savings Options when registering for these Programs until 31 March 2023:

7.5% for BOTH Programs; 15% if you coach in the Public/Social/NFP SECTOR; and 25% if you coach in a Developing ECONOMY.

If you would like to apply for a SCHOLARSHIP, please email me.

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Register today to realize more of your intrinsic human potential based on our elegant comprehensive map of Vertical Holistic Leadership Development, and our proven technology in systemic, strategic, holistic Synergist Leadership.

I'd love to meet you to talk through your needs and aspirations in relation to the Program. Please click here if you'd like to schedule a call with me. I look forward to meeting you.
We offer an expanding Portfolio of StageSHIFT Programs including Supervision and Online Executive Resources to continue to grow yourself and your business.