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StageSHIFT Vertical Transformative Coaching Certification: I. STRATEGIC LEADERSHIP incl. VAT if app.

PAYMENT OPTIONS   If you coach largely in the public sector (>80%) or are self-funding your program as an executive leader, please use the coupon SECTOR to receive a 15% saving. If you are coaching or working in a developing economy, you are welcome to use the coupon ECONOMY to receive a 25% saving.

This Program is Designed for Executive Coaches who wish to Master Vertical Leadership Development

We offer a unique evidence-based Vertical Coaching Certification Program that accelerates the quantum vertical shift to mature Synergist able to lead and sustain intersystemic transformative evolution within 1-2 years.

Strategic Scaffolding is the first element in our series of three in STRATEGIC SYNERGIST LEADERSHIP. You’ll revitalize your coaching business by renewing your Strategic Business Aspirations and Strategic Operating System, and then be able to do the same for your clients.

The Program elevates coaching to 3rd generational Vertical Transformative Coaching for you to hold and conduct a more expansive, emergent ‘we-space’ to yield deeper insights and revelations.

StageSHIFT’s comprehensive Certification Program is based on the 8 Drivers of Vertical Development to Synergist, the 5 Active Ingredients in Transformative Coaching, and the 3 Underlying Principles in Vertical Evolution.

  • STRATEGY - Visionary Purpose & Evolutionary Values

    Forging and forming a shared Aspirational Strategic Intent is easier said than done, and few appreciate how much power purposeful, evolutionary statements have to attract the purposeful, evolutionary force of consciousness, the source of our vitality, energy, and awareness.

  • SCORECARDS - EQUIP StageShift Strategic Initiatives

    How an organization cascades its strategic intentions and monitors its performance across business units is also incredibly important to empowering senior leaders to step up in accountability to their next level while ensuring effective support and good governance.

  • SYNCHRONY - A Dynamic Open Operating Rhythm

    The D-O-O-R is the key to an orchestrated, aligned, engaged, and coherent organization. It enables the Board of Strategic Executive Leaders to conduct sustainable business performance while using Liberating Meeting Agendas to foster collaborative innovation.\


The 12-Week Program

In this 12-Week Program, a 4-Week Cycle repeats three times. To make the most of the Program, you will devote 2-hours/week in either study, dialogue, reflection, or application.

Week 1     A set of Self-Study Videos and Notes created and curated by Dr Antoinette Braks will take you deeply into the theory and concepts, their application and implications.

Week 2     A Group Webinar by way of a  Discovery Dialogue hosted by Dr Antoinette Braks to explore the materials, deepen your inquiry, and offer new insights will extend your appreciation of each topic.

Week 3     A period of reflection when you can choose to complete and submit the associated assignment to integrate your understanding and obtain individual feedback from Dr Antoinette Braks or post online.

Week 4     A peer-to-peer dyad or triad with your colleagues to share with each other what you have learned, and wonder about. You are welcome to post any reflections and questions in the SLACK channel.


The Program will launch on Friday 7 October 2022 with the first set of Self-Study Resources. Please register on or before this date.

The Discovery Dialogues will take place at 12pm CEST/CET on Thursdays on

  • 29 September
  • 13 October
  • 27 October
  • 10 November
  • 24 November
  • 8 December

The Peer Collaborations will take place at the same time dusing Week 3 of each cycle 

This is Part I of the StageSHIFT Vertical Coaching Certification Program and a Prerequisite for the StageSHIFT Vertical Systemic Team Dynamics Certification Program.

Enjoy an enriching and intensive Vertical Leadership Transformative Coaching Program immersed in Strategic Leadership Development to Synergist/Teal for senior strategic leaders!


About Dr Antoinette Braks

Dr Antoinette Braks has a PhD in Developmental Psychology and Transformative Coaching from the Macquarie Graduate School of Management, an MBA from London Business School, and graduated LLB(Hons) / BA(Pol Sci). She won two University Prizes for outstanding achievement while undertaking an MA in Management Research, and has completed Advanced Studies in Coaching Supervision at Oxford Brookes University.

Antoinette’s career includes EGM of People and Culture in the Energy sector; leading Strategic HR with Shell across Latin America and Africa while based in London; leading Leadership Capital Solutions for Korn Ferry Asia Pacific from Sydney; and she co-founded the Executive Coaching Division for Hudson Talent Management Australia. Antoinette has also led vertical transformations with 1000p organizations that led to a 20% increase in Leadership Effectiveness in one year, and a 30% increase in People Engagement in six months. Earlier in her career, the Business Revenues of a 50p trading company increased >100% in 3-months.

Antoinette has over 3,500 hours of individual, team, and group executive coaching experience at the most senior levels of organizations across the private and public sectors. She is a Master Certified Coach (EMCC), and won the CEO Today Management Consulting Award for Leadership Coaching in 2020. She is the author of Strategic Holistic Executive Coaching: The Drivers and Dynamics of Vertical Development (McGraw Hill, 2020) and has had articles published in academic journals. Antoinette also leads StageSHIFT Vertical Executive and Team Coaching Certification Programs, and Vertical Leadership Culture Evolution Programs.

Antoinette is an eternal student, prolific reader, and itinerant traveller who divides her time between Europe and Australia. She has raised three children as a solo parent, and is cognisant of developing an increasingly healthy and simple lifestyle while purposefully contributing to socio-economic evolution.

What Clients have said:

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 more effectively generate transformative change and liberate the energy of potential bound up in human hearts and souls.

Heather Monro

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

Antoinette is the most aspirational, knowledgeable and loving leader I have came across. She is the go-to thought leader, mentor and guide in the field of vertical development.

Sharifah AlQudsy

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.

Greg Ellis EGM Opal Transport

Antoinette is one of only three Thought Leaders I know who credibly and passionately integrates business and spirituality. It’s rare, it’s profound, and it’s much needed in the world today. Her brilliant intellect, fearless consulting, coaching and OD skills, have generated a great suite of offerings for leaders.

Emma Pearson

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

Richard Boggon Regional Manager

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.

Jane Simmons, Executive Director

Antoinette has a unique ability to recognize, 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.

Gary Groves Regional Executive Director

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.

Karin Hamrin

I strongly believe 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, leading directly into culture change.

Paul Smith