Join our Global Community of Certified StageSHIFT Vertical Transformative Coaches

Our purpose is to partner with strategic leaders to inspire and accelerate a quantum vertical shift in consciousness, leadership culture, and socioeconomic ecosystems, to embrace the opportunity in systemic complexity and global volatility to co-create a more sustainable, healthy, equitable, peaceful, and joyful world.

StageSHIFT has developed and evolved an inspiring mind-body-spirit holistic approach imbued in expanding consciousness that is quite extraordinary in its capacity to expedite Vertical Leadership Development.

Together with our unique approach to Vertical Organizational Development where we build the Systemic Strategic Scaffolding to create a new upper level and the open liberating space for each role level to realize their latent potential at their next level, we promise a powerful and proven value proposition for strategic leaders.

Shifting from the high performing leader at 3rd Perspective (Achievist) to the systemic transforming leader at mature 4th Perspective (Synergist) enables:

  • The effective transition from a physical workplace to a digital workspace embracing WFH and 4DW where 'control leadership' is no longer even possible
  • Increased leadership effectiveness leads to increased people engagement which leads to an abundance of improved business outcomes
  • The individual and business shift from struggling and striving to moving into the organic flow of evolutionary emergence to thrive and flourish
  • A marked reduction in unhealthy business norms that always carry a high business and human cost e.g., burnout and disrespect
  • Enhanced business relationships as we resolve the source of conflict in interpersonal dynamics rather than just addressing its symptoms
  • The organic psychological growth of adults that is stymied by organizational constraints from top to bottom i.e., we take the lid off the "brass" ceiling
  • The greater opportunity for all people to fulfil their life purpose and lead a more meaningful life.

Below you will find outlines of the following StageSHIFT Coaching Programs that together have been proven to accelerate the evolutionary journey to mature Synergist:

  1. INTRODUCTION to StageSHIFT Vertical Leadership Development (Prerequisite)
  2. StageSHIFT Vertical Strategic Leadership: 1. SCAFFOLDING (VSL1S) - the first element of the StageSHIFT Signature Vertical Transformative Coaching Certification Program
  3. Our StageSHIFT Vertical Holistic Leadership Profile (VHLP) Certification Program
  4. Our StageSHIFT Vertical Systemic Team Dynamics Coaching Program
  5. Our StageSHIFT Vertical Transformative Coaching Supervision Program
  6. Our StageSHIFT Vertical 5th Perspective Soul Voyage Program

followed by an introduction to Dr Antoinette Braks, the Founder of StageSHIFT.

StageSHIFT INTRODUCTION to Vertical Leadership Development (VLD)

Join this Introductory Program to discover or extend your understanding of Vertical Leadership Development in relation to StageSHIFT’s expansive integrated holistic approach to human evolution.

It incorporates a number of vertical theories and models and outlines our unique model.

This Program is a prerequisite for other StageSHIFT Coaching and Leadership Programs.


Emma Pearson, Transformative Coach & Vertical Consultant

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. 

Paul Smith, Executive Coach

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, leading directly into culture change.

Jessica Lowenhielm, Vertical Transformative Coach

I will be forever grateful to Antoinette for enabling me to fully grasp the vastness, importance and grandness of vertical development, yet making it easy to start infusing and transforming my own work with clients. Catch her program if you can – it might be the most uplifting decision in your life.

StageSHIFT Vertical Transformative Coaching Certification



Systemic Strategic Scaffolding

NEXT PROGRAM begins 22 September 2022

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 (shown).


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.

Karin Hamrin, Executive Leadership Coach

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.

Sharifah Raudhah AlQudsy, Leadership Coach

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.


This Program introduces you to the StageSHIFT  Vertical Holistic Leadership Profile (VHLP). 

The VHLP is an alternative vertical capability-based instrument for your coaching toolkit. It is an automated vertical self-assessment against 156 executive leadership capabilities and shadow elements based on a sophisticated 4D leadership model integrating 6 levels, 5 leads, 4 lines, and 3 limits of vertical development. It is directly applicable to the workplace.

It generates an elegant 40p VHLP Report including background on Vertical Development, the person's top 7 Strengths, Stressors, Blind Spots, and Stretches, a series of reflective questions to synthesise the findings, and robust descriptions of the Stages including deliberately developmental practices to expand capacity at each Stage.

The Discovery Debrief process is remarkably resonant for participants due to our distinctive thematic approach to distilling the key findings and collaborating on the development of their aspirational intent.


Bindra Navneet Singh, Ingram Micro

The Vertical Holistic Leadership Profile was the best, most useful piece of reading I have ever done. I read it cover to cover three times. My own results aside, I learned so much about what leadership really means. I found the “Holistic” approach especially enriching – it goes well beyond the most evolved leadership concepts I have come across so far.

Jakob Holm Nielsen, Oatly

My VHLP Discovery Debrief session was exactly what I needed. I had been seeking answers in different places to pull myself forward to my next step. I was fascinated and inspired by the way it systemized and helped me see patterns very clearly. It gave me a deeper explanation for a lot of issues that I was facing, as well as concrete and practical actions to further my development. In short, it was like being recognized for who I really am and thus every comforting word and clear action rang crystal clear in every part of my being.

Annette Byrne, Director Leadership & Talent, Central Bank of Ireland

Antoinette’s ability to draw out insights from VHLP in a clear and encouraging manner greatly increased my awareness of myself as a leader. From the outset the questions posed in VHLP made me reflect on a deeper level. Powerful insights for clear action emerged for me as a result. StageShift coaching and the VHLP adds a different layer to leadership development that supports leaders and the organisations they lead to add greater value to their stakeholders, communities and employees.


Vertical Systemic Team Dynamics Coaching enables a team, division, or organization to develop their Perception, Personal, and Perspective Awareness. This enables them to increasingly act with cognizance amidst complexity, embrace difference amidst diversity, and trust emergence amidst uncertainty (see Model).

As the 4th Perspective becomes more embodied and the organization stabilizes at its new level of operating capacity, strategic leaders gain the opportunity to extend and expand their new mature 4th Perspective to the surrounding ecosystem of multiple stakeholders and all members of the community @Synergist/Teal.

By orchestrating and leading external engagement through stakeholder envoys and community forums across industry sectors, and across sector boundaries, to explore urgent complex socioeconomic dilemmas, they will have the opportunity to lead an evolution of our society.

PREREQUISITE The StageSHIFT Vertical Coaching Certification Program


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!

Anne Cosgrove, Executive Director People & Culture

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.

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 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.


This Program provides StageSHIFT Coaches with the opportunity to consciously cultivate their ongoing evolution. Our D-E-E-P-E-R StageSHIFT Coaching Supervision Framework is wide-ranging:

  • Integrating Coaching Relationship Psycho-DYNAMICS
  • Developing StageSHIFT Coaching EFFICACY
  • Continuing Conscious EVOLUTION of Self and System
  • PARTNERING with Client Organisations
  • ETHICAL concerns that arise in Coaching, and the
  • RENEWAL of our StageSHIFT Coaching Community

PREREQUISITE The StageSHIFT Vertical Coaching Certification Program


Marianne Borg Hyokki, Vertical Transformative Gestalt Coach

This 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. I have learnt so much in this extremely generous program that is firmly based in scientific research. Antoinette supports in a loving and peaceful way and challenges me to go deeper.

I realize how urgent it is to help leaders maturate and shift to the Synergist level - leading evolution, sustainable change, mutual collaboration, systemic actions with purpose, trust building, and being vigilant and vulnerable. This opens a new window for me as a coach and I can integrate my work with Gestalt Psychotherapy and even my past as a Scientist in Vertical Transformation.

Heather Monro, Executive Coach and Vertical Development Consultant

Antoinette's thought leadership in the fields of transformative coaching and expediting the vertical development of leaders is a refreshingly unique step up and speaks to so many of the challenges humankind is facing on a global scale. Through her collaborative, uplifting and deeply thought provoking approach,

Antoinette challenges me to enquire deeply into my own development, examine my coaching practice and articulate concepts and ideas that had been just beyond my reach. It has lifted my consciousness to another level. Working with Antoinette has helped me to shape my coaching business so I can more effectively generate transformative change. If you aspire to do the same, Antoinette's work is brilliant - and the world needs more of it!

Corinna Kingston, Executive Coach in Vertical Development

I've found Antoinette's teachings and methodology offers a very timely and practical approach to being of optimal service when working with leaders in today's fast paced, disruptive and very volatile environment.

The StageSHIFT process offers both an introspective approach to our own coaching practices whilst simultaneously developing our intervention skills, through a mixture of transformative coaching, OD techniques and so much more, for leaders to learn how to pivot in their leadership and show up in a manner that is far more impactful creating a ripple effect throughout the organisation!

Antoinette's deep knowledge, practical expertise and utter passion for her subject is awe-inspiring. I feel privileged to be a small part of that journey. 


This Program supports Coaches leaning into the 5th Perspective to understand, explore and navigate their Soul Voyage through Constructivist to Alchemist. Our initial immersion in the 5th Perspective can be a mysterious and often daunting passage including the dark night of the soul when life can unravel. 

In the 1st and 2nd Perspectives we are Ego-centric. We are dependent on parents and teachers and suppress much of the pain and hurt we feel. In the 3rd and 4th Perspectives we cultivate the Self and heal shadow. We become a more conscious person by design rather than by default. 

In the 5th and 6th Perspectives we become Soul-centric. This is a time of surrender and acceptance that shifts beyond the Self to humanity. The Soul Voyage in the 5th Perspective is designed for us to illuminate the love that has hitherto been hidden and lies deep within our soul. 

This Program supports us on a deeply meaningful itinerant soul sabbatical where we inquire into the depth and breadth of our being.


Paul Smith, Vertical Transformative Executive Coach

In hindsight, I would say that my courage to expand was being tested. More importantly, I trusted Antoinette enough to be encouraged by the inherent potential in a new and different experience.

If you align with a transpersonal philosophy in any way as a coach or leader, then “ground zero” is the most precious (and most vulnerable) Inner Self, and the wellspring for excavating and releasing what Mary Oliver famously calls “your one wild and precious life”. If you don’t go there, how can you come from there?

Accessing such territory is delicate and profound work. It requires immense skill, clarity and empathy in equal measure, and also a balance of both structured scientific method and unstructured creative expression. That’s Antoinette’s gift in its facilitation, through which new horizons in inner and (later) outer space emerge.

Marid-Louise Zollinger, Executive Coach in Vertical Leadership Development

The 5th Perspective Program lets you explore expansive ways of thinking in pursuit of  essential questions of human life and beyond.

The peer exchange is a great platform for reflection and exchange based on inspirational inputs and prompts.

For me it is a very enjoyable element on the consciousness journey to integrate new scopes and to move forward with more clarity and conscious awareness

Heather Monro, Executive Coach and Vertical Development Consultant

The journey from Synergist towards Alchemist has taken me to new and sometimes deep, dark and lonely places.

After the continual seeking at 4th Perspective, I found myself in an eerily quiet space of suspension; oscillating between despair and joy, wandering in unexplored shadowlands, contemplating all things spiritual, and being invited to surrender to something much bigger.  

The StageSHIFT 5th Perspective Soul Voyage Program provided support on this journey in two key ways. First, the companionship of beautiful fellow travellers. And secondly, 'soul food’ - extensive resources, sources of reading, inspiration, wisdom and the sharing of experiences.

Food for the soul!

Meet Dr Antoinette Braks

Antoinette Braks is a Master Certified Leadership Coach and Founder of StageSHIFT Coaching & Consulting Ltd. She completed her PhD in Transformative 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). Antoinette was awarded the CEO Today Management Consulting Award for Leadership Coaching in 2020.

She has coached over 300 senior strategic leaders over 3,500 hours coaching across multiple industries and government. Simultaneously Antoinette designed and led team and group leadership coaching programs, strategic off-sites, and evolutionary organisational transformations that led to quantum shifts in Leadership Effectiveness, People Engagement, and Business Performance.

Her earlier global corporate experience includes C-suite leadership of People & Culture with VECTOR in the Energy Sector; Regional HR Management across Latin America and Africa with SHELL International; Head of Leadership Capital Solutions with KORN FERRY Asia Pacific; and Co-Founder of the Coaching Division for HUDSON Talent Management Australia. She is now based in Europe and Australia.

Antoinette is highly purposeful in her intention to contribute to creating a more sustainable, healthy, equitable, encouraging, and peaceful world for all. She collaborates with StageSHIFT coaches to co-pilot Vertical Leadership Culture Evolution Programs in partnership with CXO leaders to realize their potential to Synergist and Alchemist, and evolve their organizations to Agile Green and Purposeful Teal accommodating all levels and stages of vertical development.

She is an eternal student of life, itinerant traveller, prolific reader, and partner in cosmic evolution. It’s her absolute honour and delight to be involved in contributing to the evolution of executive coaching, leadership development, and communnity ecosystems all around the world.

Antoinette's brilliant work creates an effective, practical and grounded approach focused on a pivotal arc in the developmental spectrum. ~ Terri O’Fallon, Founder of STAGES International and illustrious pioneer in Integral Vertical Development

[Antoinette Braks shows us] how executive coaching can become a transformational dialogue: a holistic path that can humanize our world. ~ Reinhard Stelter, Professor at Copenhagen University and Author of A Guide to 3rd Generation Coaching

Book a time to meet with Antoinette if you'd like to find out more

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