We partner with you, the CEO, VPHR and your strategic and business leaders to lift your organisation to Teal and your most senior leaders to Synergist and Alchemist over a 2-3 year time frame. We offer a proven yet customised pathway for you to reconstruct and re-engineer your organisation, and reinvent and regenerate your individual and collective presence.


  1. We accelerate your vertical development at a safe speed while igniting a quantum shift
  2. We facilitate self development and shadow resolution at deep levels of identity formation
  3. We liberate the latent potential at all levels of the organisation with Strategic Scaffolding, and
  4. We orchestrate your organisation's Dynamic Operating Rhythm to move into emergent flow.

The Principles of StageSHIFT Transformation 

The underlying principles of StageSHIFT Vertical Transformations for leaders and their enterprises was based on a 10-year research study into the drivers and dynamics of vertical evolution. Following the distillation of 8 drivers, four related to the Strategic Systemic Context of the organisation and it's stakeholders, and four to the Holistic Self, the three principles of INTENTION, INTERACTION and INTEGRATION emerged as a virtual cycle. The application of these principles ignite, expedite and accelerate Vertical Evolution.

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What is Vertical Development?

Vertical Development is the expansion of our psychological, cognitive, emotional, and spiritual maturity to perceive, interpret and integrate ever-increasing subtlety and complexity in the world, and make decisions and lead others to take inspired action increasingly for the benefit of all people, the planet, and all of life over more extensive time horizons.

The paradigm shift from one Person Perspective (PP) to the next, is a quantum shift in consciousness and leadership capacity.

Maturing into each new PP is like getting an upgrade in the inner operating system of our holistic self gradually incorporating heart, mind, body, and soul. This is Vertical Development.

Broadening our capacity to integrate new knowledge is like adding new apps to our current operating system. This is horizontal development. Both valuable, but different.

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The AQAL Proven StageSHIFT Pathway

The four phases shown below: Reconstruction, Reinvention, Re-engineering and Regeneration follow the proven StageSHIFT Pathway. It ignites and integrates enterprise evolution, organisational development with leadership development and cultural ecosystemic renewal.

We start with vertical assessments to customise the design and then co-create a more purposeful, expansive yet streamlined enterprise from structure to culture. We start with the organisation and gradually shift our focus outward to stakeholders in the broader ecosystem.

We make a point of building on what you have, transforming organically to evolve while staying true to the essence of the organisation.

Why do we need Vertical Evolution?

The world is crashing into 4th Person Perspective (PP) exposing problems caused by prioritising win-lose capitalism, disregarding environmental sustainability, damaging personal and social wellbeing, and excusing systemic unconscious bias at the 3rd PP.

Further, the 4th PP technology is already here in the form of digital mobile interconnectivity and the nine Tech Giants in the US and China that dominate the economy and consumer access to information without ethical policies in place or oversight. The immoral use of this power has altered national election results.

This web of complex issues can only be transcended and resolved at the mature 4th PP (Teal – Synergist). Less mature leaders will attempt to manage or control the fall-out which will result in people movements going underground. This will shift the pendulum from evolution to revolution creating more chaos.

Mature leaders at Synergist and indeed Alchemist (5th PP) can bring a more conscious wisdom and understanding to embrace people’s pain, re-engineer the ecosystemic context to enable everyone to flourish, and model new social, digital, and cultural norms to regenerate the way we live in a healthier, equitable and joyful world.

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We guide you to reconstruct your organisation with new Strategic Scaffolding that forms the open expanse for vertical evolution and takes your organisation to Green and Teal.

This includes a visionary purpose, evolutionary values, EQUIP Scorecards and a Dynamic Operating Rhythm that will lift your people onto a new playing field where they're empowered, energised and focused.


We then guide you and all your people in vertical leadership development matching the desired maturity with progressive role levels all the way through to Alchemist for global leaders.

Our proven StageSHIFT pathway is evidence-based, deep, effective and swift. It goes to the heart of Identity, the source of inner transformation, and it's integrated with leadership in action.


We then collaborate with you on a series of Strategic Business Initiatives that will uplift operating frameworks and processes, especially across People and Culture, Talent and Business Performance, Internal and External Communications.

These are co-designed and implemented by cross-boundary teams to cross-fertilise networks and liberate emerging talent.


We assess, review and monitor progress as we go, listening into the organisation to tune into its appetite for more and consolidation of what has already taken place. 

We guide and help you to reach out beyond the organisation to lead ecosystemic renewal so we contribute to creating a more sustainable, healthy, equitable and joyful world for all.

Pat RIchards CEO

Antoinette was an engaging, skillful, intelligent, challenging and enthusiastic person to work with. She worked quickly and created 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! 

Anne Cosgrove, ED Culture

Antoinette’s Program is unique in that it takes a holistic approach to transformation. She is a collaborative intuitive whose depth of knowledge in leadership is unsurpassed. In a short period of time, she has galvanized the organisation in a way that is remarkable due to her ability to engage with and understand how people operate. 

She has clear insight into what drives different behaviors that are manifested in the workplace and how to make momentous changes in perspective.

Her strong strategic focus, business acumen and gracious understanding of people mean that you will gain far more than you may expect. Did I say there was a whiff of culture change in the air? Well, I mean there is a gale force wind blowing and the organisation and its people are the ultimate winners!

Michael Bullen, DDG

Antoinette instigated a terrific collaboration with us by leading a Strategic Off-Site for our new Executive Team. It was an invigorating and extremely productive two-day session to set our strategic direction and the leadership culture we wanted. 

We ran a values program around CONFIDENT Leaders designed and led by Antoinette that enabled the top 75 leaders become more self-aware and develop the courageous authenticity and team accountability we needed to uplift our performance. 

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

The Rollout is 4D

  1. Vertical Enterprise Evolution cascades top-down through the organisation engaging every level.
  2. Vertical Leadership Development focuses on the inner world of identity for individuals and teams, blending online self-study with group Discovery Dialogues and Team Dynamics.
  3. Vertical Strategic Initiatives are guided across the organisation to activate growth and re-engineer internal business processes.
  4. Vertical Ecosystemic Renewal flows beyond the enterprise to stakeholders and community.
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The Vertical Holistic Leadership Profile (VHLP)

The VHLP is a capability-based Self Assessment designed to raise self-awareness and vertical literacy. The assessment is based on 144 leadership capabilities incorporating 4 Lines of Development. 5 Leads of Development including shadow, and 6 Levels of Vertical Development to Alchemist. It generates an automated yet sophisticated report/workbook. 

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The Vertical Strategic Enterprise Profile (VSEP)

The VSEP is a StageSHIFT consulting tool to calibrate the vertical level across 6 dimensions pulled together with the acronym IMPACT: Intent, Meeting, People, Agility, Culture and Technology, across 5 levels of enterprise evolution: Red, Amber, Orange, Green/Teal and Turquoise.

It involves a strategic review of business and organisational frameworks and processes, and interviews with your key executives to understand your history, culture and current dilemmas, to make a vertical assessment of the structures, dynamics and mindsets that are alive today. Your StageSHIFT Vertical Transformation Program is then customised based on this vertical calibration in partnership with you.

Jenny Hoffman, Exec Coach

There are absolutely loads of frameworks and models that Antoinette elegantly weaves together providing a thorough theoretical backdrop for your learning and delivered in manageable and well structured modules.

The small group format provides a safe space to challenge yourself supported by a very generous amount of individual and group coaching to accelerate learning, growth and development.

Thanks Antoinette! Your years of commitment to the growing field of vertical leadership development is benefitting all who share your passion.

Niklas Lindhardt, Exec Coach

Antoinette, what a blessing that the fabric of life weaved your thread into my weave.

As always when delivered by the universe, your wonderful StageShift program came to us when we needed it. Refining our transforming leader programs in large industry, for even better results.

Thank you for openheartedly sharing both your personal experience as well as the nuances of your soul with me. Two souls on a journey with the same purpose. For the benefit of ALL. Thank you!

Sharifah Raudhah AlQudsy

Antoinette presents her authenticity, and her highly generous and caring spirit. She weaves her expertise in Vertical Development and Enterprise Evolution with ease and grace.

I notice that I bring more rigour, courage and crystal-clear intent to my coaching practice in recent months and I can only credit Dr Antoinette’s brilliant guidance for this subtle integrated shift.

I highly recommend partnering with her if you are a coach who aspires to expand your capacity to contribute to the evolution of your client leaders and their enterprises.

Richard Boggon, Regional 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.

Jane Simmons, ED Education

Antoinette, 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.

Greg Ellis, EGM Opal Ticketing

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.

Vertical Leadership & Enterprise Evolution

We partner with C-suite and strategic leaders to guide and support them to  re-engineer and re-energise the organisation from an explicit vertical perspective.

We uplift the organisation with new Strategic Business Scaffolding that will regenerate a purposeful and visionary intent, revitalise values and clarify cascading business outcomes throughout the organisation. Together with a new Dynamic Operating Rhythm and Strategic Enterprise Initiatives, your organisation will move into emergent flow.

We then take global leaders to Alchemist, strategic regional, functional and divisional leaders to Synergist, change leaders across the business to Catalyst and enable all other business leaders, managers and individual contributors to realise their latent talents with customised vertical leadership development and executive coaching programs.

We offer a proven and accelerated pathway underpinned by INTENTION, INTERACTION and INTEGRATION that enables everyone to rise above the turbulence and flourish in emergence while tuning into their inner genius and conscious evolution.

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 75+ strategic leaders. She has led enterprise-wide transformations in the energy, business services and many government sectors. Antoinette has also led the creation of Innovation Papers on The Future of Education and Policing.

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 implementing a customised 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 respectively. She also founded the Executive Coaching Division for Hudson Australia. Antoinette is now based in the Netherlands and partners with global leaders to customise and lead vertical enterprise evolution programs in collaboration with the global StageSHIFT community of later stage, highly qualified transformative executive coaches.

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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.

Global Community of StageSHIFT Coaches

StageSHIFT has the global scope and scale to design, guide and support your transformation. Our growing number of StageSHIFT Coaches have all undertaken a 12-month extensive Transformative Coaching Program in Vertical Leadership Development, Enterprise Evolution and Ecosystem Renewal. Further, they have all developed the maturity of later stage Synergists and Alchemists. Their later stage perspective expedites your evolution and ensures transformative outcomes.

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Karin Hamrin

Antoinette is one of the most brilliant coaches I have ever experienced. Being both gentle and direct, intuitive and clear she generously and courageously shares her wisdom and insights. -Antoinette, it's a truly amazing experience, being guided and coached by you, in the spiritually connected space where you and I meet.

The StageSHIFT Coaching Certification Program is an incredibly rich program, bringing together frameworks and research that enables us to see vertical evolution in a new and holistic way.

The Discovery Dialogues with Antoinette is a wonderful opportunity to deepen the understanding and making this program not just another certification program, but an essential part of your soul evolution.

Thank you, Antoinette, for sharing this with us and the world! It’s such a beautiful journey!

Heather Monro, Exec Coach

Antoinette’s coaching approach is highly thought provoking, collaborative and uplifting.

She has challenged and supported me to articulate concepts and ideas that have been just beyond my reach.

I am already benefiting from more congruence with my evolutionary aspirations and clarity regarding my strategic direction.

The coaching is helping me to shape my coaching business so I can more effectively generate transformative change and liberate the energy of potential bound up in human hearts and souls.

I feel very excited and inspired to continue our coaching relationship. I would highly recommend Antoinette’s coaching services for aspirational leaders wanting to take their organisations to the next level.

Corinna Kingston, Exec Coach

Antoinette's valuable process offers both an introspective approach to our own coaching practices whilst simultaneously developing our intervention skills, through a mixture of transformative coaching, organisational development techniques and so much more, to enable leaders the opportunity to learn how to pivot in their leadership and show up on a manner that is far more impactful creating a ripple effect that cascades the organisation!

Antoinette's deep knowledge, practical expertise and utter passion for her subject is awe-inspiring. She has clearly dedicated herself to sharing her aspirational vision with the world through her life changing work and I feel privileged to be a small part of that journey. From the perspective of a business leader and/or an Executive I would have no hesitation in recommending Antoinette's exemplary work.