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Discover How to Excel as a Senior Executive

Be Bold. Be Brave. Be More.

Discover how to excel as a Visionary Inspiring Purposeful Synergist Leader in a Senior Executive role.

Learn about:

  1. The Step Up to Senior Executive Leadership
  2. The Problems and Answers in Vertical Development
  3. The 8 Key Synergist Leadership Dimensions
  4. What Senior Executives Tell Us.

So you can Step Up, Dive Deep, and Speak Out as a VIP Synergist Leader.

Best wishes,

Dr Antoinette Braks PhD

Founder of StageSHIFT


What People Are Saying:

While leading a team of high performing scientists whose natural tendency was to focus on the technical realm, Antoinette worked with us to bring the science leadership team to consider a more synergist approach, moving away from what they could achieve technically to thinking about what they wished to influence. The ongoing strength of the Environment Department’s Science Division, and the adherence of successive Environment Ministers to scientifically grounded policy, is a testament to the success of this approach.

Executive Director Science & Climate Change

When I first met Antoinette, I was fatigued, stressed at work and not enjoying life. In the very first meeting, the underlying issues were exposed. She shed light on my life and revealed things that I simply had not seen or understood. Her positive, forward-looking approach made me feel optimistic. Antoinette helped me work through changes in my organizational structure to enable me to focus on the higher strategic issues I enjoy. And most importantly, she addressed my whole-of-life progression, not just my work-life.

CIO Emergency Services & Transport Industries

I took up coaching with Antoinette to become more strategic and confident. Her fast-paced approach mixing theory and practical advice was extremely helpful. She is a challenging and energetic coach who held me to account in the nicest possible way. I always looked forward to our meetings because I knew that I would learn something new and useful. I now have a framework to approach strategic issues and many tools and techniques to draw on so I can hold my own in a senior executive environment. I would not have thought this possible a few years ago.

Group Executive Director Health & Safety

I was dealing with a very complex personal and commercial situation which Antoinette was very quick in understanding the holistic picture. Her commercial experience together with insight into situational dynamics and personality traits greatly assisted me in breaking the complexity down into manageable pieces to find positive forward moving paths. Importantly she gave me the confidence and courage to implement what I considered prior to our sessions an almost insurmountable challenge.

CEO Manufacturing Industry

I had the privilege of Antoinette supporting me recently in my goals to advance my career and was extremely impressed. Her ability to provide constructive feedback was invaluable and insightful from the first meeting. Our interactions allowed me to reflect on my purpose and consider a more holistic appreciation of the impact of my body and verbal language in the C-suite environment. She really invested in my success and I recommend her to others focused on extending themselves to realise their career aspirations.

Executive General Manager Strategy & Innovation Energy Sector

Working with Antoinette was an enriching learning experience, and the outcomes were fantastic! She impressed as an expert in leadership and the development of personal power. Her style is thought provoking and challenging, yet informal, adaptable, encouraging and fun! Whilst I thought some of her ideas were outside the box, Antoinette's guiding questions and insights helped me to find my "voice". The fluidity of our conversations sparked off many new ideas and paths to follow. It was a truly fulfilling experience.

Executive Director Global Investment Bank

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.

Executive Director Education

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.

Regional Director Global Engineering Company

Antoinette has helped me remodel how I write, talk and feel about myself and my skills, enhancing my strategic expression and guiding me through a career transformation! I have found her to be an inspirational, knowledgeable and captivating Executive Coach and I would highly recommend her to anyone seeking clarity, new direction and heightened courage!

Director Research & Development

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 revolutionized my thinking and, most importantly, my actions. 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.

CEO Social Services Sector

Someone recommended Antoinette to me as I was preparing for the next step in my career - and I'm so glad they did! She helped me greatly to recognise and harness my strategic abilities, to rethink my approach to some work challenges and brought a positive, energising presence to all of our meetings. I would highly recommend Antoinette as an Executive Coach.

Senior Executive Media & Communications

I enjoy my coaching with Antoinette because she challenges my normalized way of thinking. 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.

Executive General Manager Transport Systems

Antoinette is an extraordinary leadership coach who truly ‘listens’ from multiple levels. Her commitment to her own evolution and growth and her innate ability to access her vast inner wisdom and bring that forth into form to guide others is a beautiful and powerful gift. Couple this with her extensive knowledge and an established (and tried and tested) suite of leadership development tools and approaches – and the result can only be WOW! Antoinette’s MAGIC formula has become the backbone of my own daily focus and intention, creating a passionate and powerful direction for the next part of my journey. She holds a nourishing space from which I have been able to reflect, rewind, rehearse and evolve. Antoinette, thank-you for shining so brightly.

Director Organizational Culture DEI

Antoinette asks the right questions that leads to very thought provoking and at times, confronting decisions, however this is what really helped me both personally and professionally. She 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!

Director Global Investment Bank

Antoinette was exactly what I needed - someone who had the vision and clarity to challenge, encourage and support my planning and preparation for the next step in my career. It was great to have someone with honesty, integrity as well as exceptional emotional intelligence and useful practical tools to help me on the journey.

Program Director Transport Industry

Antoinette is a master of motivation and spiritual wizardry! After every session, I leave feeling inspired and motivated with a sense of awe and wonder of my own unlimited potential. Her exuberant energy and zest for life is contagious yet she provides an architectural framework providing structure and support. 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.

General Manager HSE

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 development 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 organization and its people are the ultimate winners.

Executive Director People & Culture Services Sector

Antoinette was an engaging, skilful, intelligent, challenging and enthusiastic person to work with. She integrated many new initiatives to transform our culture creating 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!

CEO Business Services Sector

While working with the Board and Management Team, Antoinette helped us to turnaround our national Association. Her commitment to bringing our vision to life and focus on results, inspired us to achieve much more than we thought was possible. Her style is fast-paced, insightful, strategic, always positive and encouraging. Her high energy level literally “swept us up” and moved us along. Together we achieved audacious goals, developed a national profile and became a significant influencer of government policy.

Board Chairman Telecommunications

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.

Deputy Director General Agriculture NSW

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.

Heather Monro, StageSHIFT Coach

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.

Paul Smith, StageSHIFT Coach

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: totally on purpose with a big mind, open heart and free soul for inner bliss and the greater good. I feel honoured to be taught by her, proud to call her a colleague and grateful to have her in my life and work. 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. Catch her and her program if you can - it might be the most uplifting and expediting decision of your life time.

Jessica Löwenhielm, StageSHIFT Coach

I was preparing myself to be the solid holding space for CEOs and strategic leaders to expand their leadership and I knew I needed to do specialised inner work with someone who is very established at a mature stage of consciousness. Serendipity works its magic and Dr Antoinette Braks appeared. I quickly saw that her extensive practice and the depth of her research was the approach that would equip me to be become whole as a Transformative Coach and Enterprise Evolution Consultant. Throughout our frequent engagement in our fortnightly discovery dialogues, 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. Her pragmatism, expansive vision and beautiful resonance shines through the framework she has developed to bring about deep consciousness to the mature 4th person perspective, while having reverence to all the previous 1st, 2nd and 3rd as well as 5th person. 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.

Sharifah Raudhah AlQudsy, StageSHIFT Coach

This StageSHIFT Coaching Certification has been one of the most rewarding programs I have ever undertaken. It's a masterpiece! It has expanded my capacity to enable and inspire strategic leaders and their organizations to prosper in a more sustainable, equitable and joyful world. It has been a true privilege to have Antoinette as my guide, coach and teacher along this journey. 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. I guess that's how words become poetic, and experiences become magical. I am honoured to be part of her community.

Thomas Bjerkhede, StageSHIFT Coach

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. We need business. AND we need a healthy planet. Relevant, purposeful leadership for me is about bringing conscious leadership and evolutionary organisation development to serve not only employees and customers, but also our planet as a whole, and future generations. Antoinette’s brilliant intellect, her fearless consulting, her coaching and Organisation Development skills, have generated a suite of offerings suitable for coaches, OD consultants, and of course the senior-most leaders in organisations, who want to be a part of creating a healthy future with regenerative business practices. I am honoured to be part of her community.

Emma Pearson, StageSHIFT Coach

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!

Karin Hamrin, StageSHIFT Executive Leadership Coach

The models that Antoinette has developed are filled with wisdom and depth. The Stage Shift programs are rich in content beautifully crafted into a well thought through curriculum, which stretches your thinking and challenges you to do the inner work that requires deep introspection. It is a must for any leader who wants more from their job, who wants a more purposeful life. Leaders who understand that their role is bigger than they are, that the organizational visions they set and decisions they make have the potential to shift people, communities, societies and ultimately the world! These are the kinds of leaders who will thoroughly enjoy and benefit from this transformational journey. I have been coaching and delivering leadership programs for over 20yrs. Yet, this program was unlike any other I experienced. It awakened my understanding on another level of consciousness.

Sandra Aveleira Viljoen, StageSHIFT Systemic Executive Leadership Coach

Antoinette's profound and rare capacity to simultaneously 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, both your shadows and unfolding potential, simply by their presence and capacity to hold that space. Through her unique, well-researched body of work, she enables leaders to integrate business, spirituality, and human development in such a way that we all win: our planet, our communities, and our businesses. I feel privileged and honoured to be part of her community.

Jacqueline van Paassen, StageSHIFT Coach

Antoinette, what a blessing that the fabric of life weaved your thread into my weave. The StageSHIFT program is the most comprehensive program I've ever seen, making the links between most relevant frameworks within organization, human development, psychology and life as a whole. 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!

Niklas Lindhardt, StageSHIFT Vertical Transformation Leadership Coach

I proudly recommend StageSHIFT methodology and the programs that Antoinette runs. For a number of years I have been studying vertical development as it became clear that particularly vertical lens are the key to the fundamental leadership development and organizational development. What I was lacking in my work were two things: an automated vertical diagnostic instrument and a development methodology applicable for business environment (both in terms of business language and a viability of time investment by leaders) that would deliver proven results. So I was fascinated when I discovered Antoinette Braks's StageSHIFT work, books and programs. The Vertical Coaching Certification, a year-long program, teaches transformational coaching that transcends the more conventional development coaching approach. Throughout this program I have not only learned coaching concepts and methodologies, but experienced my own deep personal transformation from Catalyst to Synergist in a rich and supportive environment among other coaches. Antoinette has a unique style and approach, and 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 the methodology that she created and with her constantly inquiring mind and lightness. Another unique thing is the community of late stage coaches and the depth of conversation that I rarely experience anywhere else.

Ekaterina Surkova, StageSHIFT Coach

Wow! Meeting and working with Antoinette has catapulted my development, I had felt stuck and boy has she freed me. Antoinette is not only one of the more knowledgable people I have come across in this field, she is also one of the most practical in sharing that knowledge with executives, all done in a meaningful and holistic way. As a coach she is tough. compassionate and incredibly supportive, her attention to the shadow side of coaching , not only individual, also organisational shadow makes a huge difference. For all leaders who know and feel they can develop both themselves and their organizations so they can lead them through the volatile, chaotic and uncertain world we find ourselves in, and deliver long term sustainable results then I cannot recommend highly enough, Antoinette and StageSHIFT.

Ian Sellick, Executive Leadership Coach

Embarking on the transformative StageShift journey with Antoinette has been nothing short of phenomenal! Antoinette's mastery in coaching shines through as she seamlessly blends deep wisdom, compassion, and unwavering support. Her ability to delve into our shadows, sculpting a unique path for each participant, has been a game-changer for personal and professional growth. The program immerses us in the practical application of vertical development principles, accelerating transformations in a truly impactful way. Antoinette possesses an extraordinary gift as a leadership coach – she listens deeply. Her commitment to personal evolution, combined with an innate ability to draw on vast inner wisdom, creates an awe-inspiring blend. Weaving this with her extensive organizational knowledge and a tried-and-tested suite of personal/leadership development tools, the impact is immense.

Karen Dobbyn, CEO & StageSHIFT Executive Leadership Coach

As executive coaching supports the transformation from Achievist to Synergist, it will become much more than the support towards achieving the next goal on the career ladder. It will instead become a transformational dialogue: a holistic path that can humanise our world.

Reinhard Stelter, Psychology Professor Copenhagen University. Author of 3rd Generation Coaching

In these trying times of an unprecedented global health crisis, the smooth day-to-day running of civic affairs is disrupted. Thus, it is more urgent than ever before that mature leaders are at the helm of societies and corporations. As the speed and reach of global change and challenge in all areas of life is increasing, it becomes vital that more people develop the ability to take multiple perspectives, think systemically, consider the long-term effects of decisions and base them on the best available scientific evidence. This book offers a path to help leaders acquire these later stage characteristics.

Susanne Cook-Greuter, Leading Global Pioneer in Vertical Development

Antoinette Braks' brilliant work, supported by her research, has focused on a pivotal arc in the developmental spectrum - the capacity of our leaders and coaches to take a mature, 4th Perspective. She has accessed the most salient aspects of different developmental models to create an effective, practical and grounded approach for guiding those who are ready, opening their eyes to the next generation of coaching and leading. This is much needed in a world that is hungry for new eyes that will see what is not yet seen, and heal hidden dilemmas that have not yet been identified.

Terri O'Fallon, STAGES Global Thought Leader in Vertical Development