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About Physis and The People Behind it

Sailaja has been a transformational leadership coach since 2007.

Over the years she has:

  • Coached over 20 leaders at CEO minus 1 , 2 & 3 levels in large multinationals.
  • Facilitated thousands of emerging leaders to advance in their careers and meet their goals.
  • Worked with professionals across diverse industries — BPO, IT, Telecom, Education, Social Entrepreneurship, and TED fellows worldwide.
  • Clocked 10,000+ hours in facilitating transformative learning and coaching.
  • Created digital products to assist learning journeys.

The story of Physis – The birth and the name

Physis is a Greek word that means ‘to grow’ or ‘to become’. It is the principle that is reflected in the constant evolution in nature. That is exactly the action Sailaja works to inspire — in individuals, teams, organisations and in the community.

Physis’ work  connects to all that  expands  human potential and helps thriving. Our social projects connected with supporting young women or underprivileged girls  stems from this very conviction.

The Mind & Soul Behind Physis – Sailaja Manacha

Sailaja is known for her eclectic coaching methods, drawing from Psychology, Ontology, NLP and Spiritual frameworks. This makes her programs rich, holistic and deeply engaging. She uses her passion, practical wisdom and kindness to guide her program participants into their inner lives and expand their boundaries.

Sailaja has spent 24 years in transformational work as a psychotherapist, teacher and leadership coach. Prior to this she was the Head of HR at a Bangalore-based software company. She is an avid reader and traveller with a deep interest in spirituality.


  • Accredited Psychotherapist, Accredited Trainer & Supervisor of Psychotherapists (International Transactional Analysis Association)

  • Professional Certified Coach (PCC) from the International Coach Federation (ICF)
  • Masters in Psychology and Organisation Behavior
  • TA 101 certification Instructor
  • Master NLP practitioner

    Meet the Collaborators

    Gunjan Zutshi

    Founder, AgileSattva

    • Accredited Coach (ACC) – International Coach Federation
    • Certified Transactional Analyst – Psychotherapy (CTA-P)
    • Certified Organization Development and Change Practitioner (ODCP) from ISABS

    Gunjan has over 24 years of experience of working with senior leadership teams for system-wide change interventions for organisation effectiveness, leadership capability building, talent and performance management and learning & development. She specialises in working through conscious and unconscious barriers that might be holding people back from achieving their full potential.

    Deepak Dhananjaya

    Founder, AgileSattva

    • Agile Coach
    • Accredited Coach (ACC) – International Coach Federation
    • Certified Transactional Analyst – Psychotherapy (CTA-P)

    Deepak has in-depth experience in using a systemic approach to create sustainable transformation for teams and individuals. His forte lies in the way he uses activities and experiences to effect lasting changes in the different stages of the leadership journey.

    Jacintha Jayachandran

    Founder, HopeWorks Foundation & Skills Cafe

    • Strategic Advisor – D&I, CSR, HR
    • Author, Words Matter

    Jacintha is a leadership coach who has worked for over 27 years within the spaces of HR and social impact. She works to enable equal opportunities for all, and is known for her contributions in the field of women leadership. She has done some pioneering work with developing and preparing young underprivileged girls for life through her various social initiatives.

    Sai stepped in to coach a senior leader as they transitioned into a leadership role. Key stakeholders reported visible changes in the way this leader led their team, the business and also in their stakeholder engagement.  Sai’s direct and involved manner of engagement makes it very easy to work with her. Her coachee acknowledged her quickness to dial into the real issues, hold them accountable and challenge them towards outcomes, all while creating a sense of safety and trust’

    Amrita Madiah

    Talent Development India, Adobe.

    Dinesh R Nayak

    ‘Through her programs on TA 101, Women at Work, Step Up and more recently, a customised development program targeting senior women in the organisation, Sai has been able to work with different groups of employees to help them better understand the importance of making a positive difference in every aspect of life. Her techniques and abilities to bring around self-awareness and self-engagement have created significant impact to both the employees and our organisation.’

    Srikanth Vachaspati

    Head – Human Resources
    Siemens Technology and Services Pvt. Ltd.

    Dinesh R Nayak

    Organizations we worked with

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