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Feeling inspired to take your Leadership to a Whole New Level?


This StageSHIFT Coaching Program has been described as one of the most comprehensive and enriching Transformative Programs, unrivalled in its blend of science and applied wisdom, and its capacity to stimulate and expedite vertical evolution. 

The proven StageSHIFT systemic coaching approach integrates 3rd Generation Transformative Coaching with Later Stage Vertical Leadership Development to elevate the leadership capacity and effectiveness of executive leaders.

Vertical leadership development is the current wave of change 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 ecosystems.

Discover the proven StageSHIFT knowhow that  accelerates the capacity for  strategic leaders to shift to and mature at the later rare stage of Synergist, and take their client organizations to Green-Teal, in just 1-2 years.

Is it Time To Uplift Your Self?

With wise guidance and deep inquiry, you'll have a safe place to delve deep and elevate your inner self and leadership capacity.



The StageSHIFT Vertical Transformative Coaching Program has 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. Its proven technology accelerates Vertical Leadership Development.

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 conscious, authentic, courageous, confident leadership with culture evolution.

The proven strategic frameworks and collaborative engagement processes have a cascading effect that raises the level of empowered accountability throughout your area of responsibility. This frees you to rise to your own potential and, in time, lead the design and realization of more sustainable, healthy and equitable organizational outcomes.

You’ll develop the the clarity of a calm, open, more expansive mind, the integrity of a highly conscious leader, and gain a new understanding of the subtle intricacies of the holistic Self and shadow psychodynamics, leading to deeper insights and an uplifted life experience where you and people you lead will thrive and flourish in emergence despite complexity and uncertainty.

The StageSHIFT Group Coaching Program has led to a 20% increase in Leadership Effectiveness of the top 75 leaders within 2-years; a 30% quantum leap in People Engagement in a 1,000-p organization within 6-months; and a 100% increase in revenue for a small trading company after 3-months.








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

They integrate the polarities of technology and people, integrity and pragmatism, and 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 outcomes across their socio-economic ecosystem.

Organizations need a new upper level of Synergist leaders to thrive and flourish in today's world while leading our evolution.


StageSHIFT Coaches partner with you to enable and accelerate your conscious growth as a strategic executive leader. This involves both leading the coaching conversation and responding directly to the systemic challenges, interpersonal psychodynamics, and shadow issues you face.

We lead the coaching conversation by explicitly taking you through the 8 Drivers of Vertical Leadership Development to mature Synergist. This incorporates the Strategic Leadership of your organization or division, your Holistic development as a person of integrity building and leveraging your unique character, and your Quantum development as an executive with the capacity to lead purposeful culture evolution and ecosystemic renewal.

We respond to situational challenges by holding an expansive 'we-space' for a collaborative inquiry into whatever is transpiring in your work and life experience. Our intention is to explore, understand, and resolve issues both in practice, and at source to eliminate the same dynamic recurring.

This shared dialogical transformative coaching approach enables, accelerates, and ensures your quantum holistic growth as a strategic executive leader.

Following an opening Coaching Conversation for you to explain why coaching is important to you and to explore our methodology and online resources, the 12-month StageSHIFT Executive Coaching Program includes:

  • The Vertical Holistic Leadership Profile (VHLP), our capability-based self-assessment instrument, to enable you to calibrate your current spectrum of Vertical Development and set explicit aspirational leadership outcomes
  • A VHLP Discovery Debrief to inquire into your Strengths, Stressors, Blind Spots, and Stretches and discover what resonates with you to raise self-awareness and clarify your leadership and career aspirations and development goals
  • The Global Leadership Profile (GLP), a Sentence Completion Exercise, to enable you to articulate your beliefs and perspective on a wide range of social, economic, business, and personal themes and issues
  • A GLP Discovery Debrief to inquire into your beliefs, goals, shadow, and what were subconscious psychological patterns, in order to consciously develop an open, growth mindset that embraces life's adventures
  • 9 * 1¾-hr Transformative Coaching Conversations, each one diving into one module, and coaching in response to your leadership challenges
  • A Coaching Review of your leadership journey over the 12-month period.

The 2 Assessments and Debriefs, and first Coaching Meeting take place in the first 4 weeks, followed by a 4-weekly coaching cycle over the rest of the year.

Download a PDF of StageSHIFT's Vertical Strategic Holistic Leadership Executive Coaching Program


This Module sets up the Systemic Strategic Scaffolding to facilitate Strategic Intent to re-imagine your place in the world with a Visionary Purpose and set of Evolutionary Values.


This Module facilitates the cascade of Strategic Intent throughout the organization by way of Business Team Charters including a balanced EQUIP Team Scorecard to uplift accountability.


This Module explores the interweaving concepts of time and energy to significantly uplift the co-creative engagement of strategic leaders and their leadership teams, and move into flow.


This Module focuses on our inner being, our mindset and moodset, in relation to positive psychology, emotional awareness, conscious mindfulness, neuroscience, and wellbeing.


This Module explains emotional triggers, reactive patterns, transference, and throw-away lines in the context of emotional awareness. We guide you to resolve, heal, and eliminate shadow.


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.


This Module invites the presence of leadership while engaging with others, for oneself and on behalf of the people we lead and partner with to create a psychologically safe culture for others.


This Module inspires you to articulate your Voice to give the highest expression to your intrinsic purpose in life and business so you can actively lead systemic collaboration with stakeholders.


This Module guides you to develop the presence and prescience of inspiring Synergist Leadership to realize long-term uplifting sustainable outcomes across the surrounding ecosystem.

Complimentary Chapters 1 and 2 from Executive Coaching in Strategic Holistic Leadership: The Drivers and Dynamics in Vertical Leadership Development (2020) by Dr Antoinette Braks

And Receive a Monthly Newsletter offering New Insights on StageSHIFT Executive Leadership, Systemic Team Development, and Whole-of-Organization Culture Evolution Coaching Programs.

StageSHIFT Vertical Systemic Team Dynamics Coaching


The Team is the core business unit in today's empowering organizations. It is the crucible for individual growth, and team alignment, cohesion, coherence, and performance. This involves generating an evolution in the team's conscious awareness so they can rise above the dramas and dilemmas found in complexity, diversity, and uncertainty.

We focus on Outer Strategic Alignment, and Inner Team Coherence so together, they learn to thrive and flourish in emergence with confidence in themselves and each other. The depth of StageSHIFT Team Coaching Sessions is transformative. We dive through layers of complexity to better read the source of dynamics, and embrace shadow to facilitate conscious growth. 





The Coaching Program can be extended to include an Introduction to StageSHIFT Vertical Holistic Leadership Development at the beginning to accompany the VHLP Assessment. There are three Modules that provide you with a political and topographical map of the terrain.



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 and a workbook to discover your own resonance with the material.

Download a pdf of StageSHIFT's Executive Coaching Programs for CXO, Executive Teams, and Senior Leaders



All StageSHIFT Coaches have been immersed in an intensive and enriching StageSHIFT Coaching Certification and have been assessed at Synergist or beyond. We offer 3rd generation Transformative Coaching in Vertical Strategic Holistic Leadership Development to the later stages of Synergist and Alchemist.

StageSHIFT Coaches are highly experienced leadership coaches for senior executives and strategic leaders. Most have enjoyed outstanding global careers with experience across multiple disciplines and industry sectors. The growing number of 50 StageSHIFT Coaches are spread across 16 countries, with the majority in Europe. Not only are we highly qualified and experienced executive coaches, but we also perceive and interpret the world from a mature 4th or 5th Perspective (<10% of executives).

Vertical learning takes the lid off the latent growth potential of leaders and promises significantly better and faster systemic outcomes in resolving today’s complex challenges. Later stage Synergist leaders hold the expanded consciousness to transcend VUCA, cut through complexity, inspire collaborative innovation, and lead ecosystemic renewal to co-create a flourishing future in a more sustainable, healthy, equitable and peaceful world.

StageSHIFT Coaching Programs are comprehensive in scope. They blend online learning with live online executive, team and group coaching webinars. The StageSHIFT technology can be customized and scaled to match the organizational context to realize your aspirations.

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Hi, I'm Dr.  Antoinette Braks, 

Founder of StageSHIFT.

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I've been on a conscious evolutionary journey for over 20 years. My purpose is to help us realize the extraordinary power of our human potential, and organizations their highest aspirations, so we can be more inspiring leaders and lead more meaningful, fulfilling 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 back home in New Zealand, 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 organizations and world.

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"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

"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




For CXO, Executive Leaders, Executive Teams, and Groups of Senior Leaders.

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Complimentary Chapters 1 and 2 from Executive Coaching in Strategic Holistic Leadership: The Drivers and Dynamics in Vertical Leadership Development (2020) by Dr Antoinette Braks

And Receive a Monthly Newsletter offering New Insights on StageSHIFT Executive Leadership, Systemic Team Development, and Whole-of-Organization Culture Evolution Coaching Programs.