VSTD StageSHIFT Coaching Certification

VSTD Coaching enables a shift from a messy complex adaptive system without direction or resonance, to the organic coherence, majestic synergy, of a migrating flock of birds. This is of course a cumulative growth process over time that invites, and I suggest, further accelerates, the Vertical Leadership Development of each person to Catalyst and Synergist.

The team creates the traction with their interactions. They are invited to appreciate these in relation to team psychodynamics, shadow resolution and personal evolution.

Vertical Systemic Team Dynamics Coaching generates:

  1. Outer Strategic Alignment
  2. Inner Holistic Congruence leading to
  3. Organic Team Coherence, supporting a
  4. Leadership Culture Evolution.

The intermediate outcomes are the ability to build collective capacity for co-creative intelligence to enable systemic evolutionary outcomes. This involves co-sensing, co-emerging, and co-evolving. The expanded quantum field within which each person and the team as a whole, begins to sense, listen into, probe, and respond consciously to, fuels and fuses their life experiences with greater meaning and purpose.

This will facilitate business outcomes such as increased Leadership Effectiveness, People Engagement, Collaborative Innovation, Sustainability Outcomes, and Culture Evolution. The Vertical Systemic Team Dynamics Coaching Program forms a part of the StageSHIFT Vertical Leadership Culture Evolution Program. The VLCEP promises a 20% increase in each of these performance indicators.


Building Outer Strategic Alignment and Inner Structural Cohesion based on 3 Underlying Principles. This creates the open collaborative architecture that leads to the opportunity to develop Inner Team Coherence through the flow of consciousness intent on our evolution, like a united flock of migrating birds.


Developing Perception Awareness, Personal Awareness of Resonance and Dissonance, to cultivate Self-Awareness and lift Perspective Awareness. Integrating the StageSHIFT Vertical Model of Conscious Evolution with Systemic Team Dynamics Coaching leads not only to Resolution but beyond this to Mutual Evolution.


1. Three Underlying Principles

Three principles that underlie systemic interpersonal and shadow dynamics are our interconnectedness with each other, the quantum field of consciousness, and the continuous unfolding of emergence.

2. Outer Strategic Alignment

Outer strategic alignment is realized by developing a shared purposeful  aspirational intent, evolutionary values and a concerted team-based approach to realizing quantum shifts in sustainable performance.

3. Systemic Engagement

Once you have a shared destination, inner team coherence is only possible with inner structural cohesion. This facilitates orchestrated yet emergent collaborative innovation across stakeholders.

Anne Cosgrove, ED People & Culture Businesslink

The StageSHIFT Program is unique in that it takes a holistic approach to transformation. Antoinette 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. 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. 

Pat Richards, CEO Businesslink

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. She was a vital source of energy and inspiration in setting our new course and getting us going!

Michael Bullen, DG Agriculture

Antoinette instigated a terrific collaboration with us by leading a Strategic Off-Site for our new Executive Team. It was an invigorating two-day session to set our strategic direction and the leadership culture we wanted. Antoinette led a CONFIDENT Leaders Program that enabled the top 75 leaders become more self-aware and develop the courageous authenticity and accountability to uplift our performance.

Her broad strategic perspective and deep insights into mindfulness, emotional intelligence, and personal power, created a significant shift in our ability to collaborate with our business partners to build a sustainable agricultural sector.


4. Perception Awareness

Increasing our Perception Awareness relates to learning to Act with Cognizance by seeing more broadly, deeply, and systemically into shadow team dynamics. The sharpening of our Perception enables us to Consciously Grow.

5. Personal Awareness

Enhancing our Personal Awareness relates to appreciating our inner experience, somatically, emotionally, cognitively, and intuitively, to learn to embrace difference and uniqueness. This enables us to Willingly Flow.

6. Perspective Awareness

Expanding our Perspective Awareness relates to embracing uncertainty as a quantum field of possibilities as we learn to trust in emergence. The expanding consciousness of an open mind and harmony of heart enables us to Openly Know.

Thomas Bjerkhede, Leadership Coach & Vertical Consultant

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.

Emma Pearson, Transformative Leadership 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. Her brilliant intellect, fearless consulting, coaching and OD skills, have generated a great suite of offerings for leaders.

Sharifah Raudhah AlQudsy, Leadership Coach

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


The StageSHIFT Model of Evolution incorporates a cycle of clarifying INTENTION, magnetising ATTENTION, appreciating INTERACTION, developing AWARENESS, and facilitating INTEGRATION, leading to EVOLUTION.

These elements are supported by three integrated models focusing on different aspects of the microcosm and macrocosm. Vertical Systemic Team Dynamics Coaching incorporates various elements in relation to progressive levels of collective scale. 

In addition to the Vertical Systemic Team Dynamics Coaching Certification, StageSHIFT offers a Vertical Holistic Leadership Profile Certification, and Certifications in Transformative Coaching in Vertical Holistic Leadership Development.

Register for the VSTD Coaching Certification Program (CPP)

The VSTD CCP includes:

  • An Online Induction Module setting out the terrain for Systemic Team Coaching, StageSHIFT's UVP, and Program Design Principles.
  • 6 modules of succinct yet powerful executive learning resources that you are able to license for use with your clients to quickly expand your own coaching business.
  • 6 modules of more extensive notes, models, frameworks, and diagrams as learning resources for you as a Vertical Systemic Team Dynamics StageSHIFT Coach.
  • 13 fortnightly Discovery Dialogues to explore the content, review your case studies, practice with leading inquiries into VSTD within the group, including an Enduction.
  • 6 Peer-to-Peer Dyads/Triads to explore and extrapolate the content further to gain a better understanding of the implications and its application.
  • 6 Certification Assignments, 1/Module, to integrate your learning with my feedback.

The next VSTD Coaching Certification Program will begin in January 2023.

Click here to Download an Outline of the Current Program

Meet Dr Antoinette Braks

Antoinette Braks is a Master Certified Leadership Coach and Founder of StageSHIFT Coaching. She completed her PhD in Transformative Coaching in Vertical Leadership Development and holds six other degrees including Coaching Supervision and an MBA from London Business School.

She is the author of Executive Coaching in Strategic Holistic Leadership: The Drivers and Dynamics of Vertical Development (McGraw Hill, 2020), and was awarded a CEO Today Management Consulting Award in Leadership Coaching (2020).

She is highly purposeful in her intention to contribute to creating a more sustainable, healthy, equitable, joyful and peaceful world. She co-leads vertical leadership development and enterprise evolution with StageSHIFT coaches around the world to guide strategic leaders to realise their potential to Synergist and Alchemist, and enterprises to Green and Teal accommodating all levels and all stages of vertical evolution.

Dr Antoinette Braks is the Founder of the StageSHIFT Global Coaching Community including more than 44 Executive Coaches certified in the proven accelerated StageSHIFT approach enabling leadership development to the later stages, rarely held but much needed, of Synergist and Alchemist, and the evolution of organizations to Green and Teal.

Her previous experience includes C-suite leadership of People & Culture in the energy sector; Director of Leadership Capital Solutions with KORN FERRY Asia Pacific; Manager Strategic Policy People & Culture with SHELL Latin America and Africa; and Co-Founder of the Coaching Division for Hudson Talent Management Australia while playing a lead role in the Management Assessment and Leadership Coaching of the top 300 leaders in the public sector of New South Wales, Australia. She has also led 3-year Vertical Leadership Culture Evolution Programs leading to early quantum shifts in Leadership Effectiveness and People Engagement within exceedingly short periods of time.

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"The higher our self-expression and the deeper our self-awareness, the richer our life experience and the greater our soul evolution." Antoinette Braks