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For Bespoke Programmes

The program that Sai conducted for us was designed for our team to explore somatic practices and their role in unlocking potential. The outcomes of the program were manyfold. As OD/ OF practitioners we are often not the recipients of some of the amazing support and enablement we provide our client groups, so it was great to treat ourselves as special and worthy of the investment! It helped the team gain deeper insight into each other. It also created opportunities for the team to have a shared experience of their aspirations, what they care about deeply, and where their biggest unlock could come from. What I specifically liked about the work was the ease with which Sai engaged with the team, her openness to flex the design to meet the teams’ emerging energy and needs, all the time considering if she was still able to deliver the value we were looking for in our limited time.

Service: Bespoke Program for Talent Management Team

Amrita Madiah

Senior Director & India Leader - Talent management, development & D&I, Adobe

We place great importance on developing strong leaders in our organization and over the years Sailaja Manacha has helped us in several ways. Through her programs at TA101, Women at Work, Step Up and most recently a customized development program targeting senior women in the organization, she 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 a significant impact on both the employee and our organization.

Service: Bespoke Leadership Programmes, TA 101, Step Up – Emerging Women’s Leadership Programme, PropelHER- Senior Women’s Leadership

Srikanth Vachaspati

Head – Vice President and Head: People & Organization, Siemens Technology and Services

Sai conducted a bespoke leadership development program for our high-potential managers. One thing that stood out for me was that the program brought about a real change in their behavior and attitude. Some of them went that extra mile and really transformed themselves. There are tons of training programs and facilitators available for leadership development, but very few aim at bringing about real change and impact. Sai is one such rare breed who is passionate about her craft. Her in depth approach towards understanding the specific needs of your organization and designing from scratch to address your needs is commendable.

Service: Bespoke Prog for High-potential managers

Harsh Bapat

Vice-President and Head of Mobility, Siemens Advanta

The program that Sai conducted for us was apt to cater to the learning needs of our senior leaders. She covered the pertinent concepts related to Presence, Stakeholder Engagement, and Empathetic Leadership that encourages “Care Conversations” to address difficult issues. The outcomes of the program included Leaders understanding the essence of Presence and its relevance. Sai demonstrated how to use the concept of Care to initiate tough conversations. The team allocated time to thoroughly explore their established relationships with stakeholders, as well as strategize on enhancing stakeholder engagement.

What I specifically liked about the work was ‘Shift the conversation to shift results’.  When anticipated outcomes are not achieved, leaders must adeptly adjust key communications to guide stakeholders effectively toward achieving our goals.

Service: Bespoke Program for the India Leadership team

Mitu Mehra

Senior Director, People Experience, PowerSchool

Sai has been a formidable force in our efforts to develop women leaders and a key partner in our organizational journey over the years. She brings in key insights from her psychology, counseling, and corporate experience, and intense work with women across the industry. This comes across in her sessions and works wonders in enabling breakthrough behavioral change and accelerating personal transformation.

Her deep empathy and “soft power” contrasts with her powerful presence and ability to drive provocative, difficult conversations – it’s an honor to work with Sai and I’ll forever be in awe of who she is!

Service: Bespoke Program Emerging Women’s Leadership

Shikha Pillai

Global Head of Sustainability, Siemens Healthineers

I had the opportunity to undergo a leadership course under Sai almost a decade ago. It was primarily focused on transactional analysis. The course was well-designed and very interactive. I would rate this course as one of the best in my professional career. Sai was fantastic as our coach. I would highly recommend her and look forward to an opportunity to learn with her guidance again.

Service: Bespoke Prog for top talent

Rajat Makar

Director Of Engineering, Walmart Global Tech India

Sai is an extremely passionate transformative C-Suite Executive Coach/Leadership coach and has been Coaching many Leaders for the last 20 years on Transformations, Transitions, Successions, Impact, and influence from top to first-level leadership.

I am familiar with her work from my days at Huawei Technologies. With her Expert Coaching interventions, she helped our managers on making better decisions & lead their lives with purposeful clarity and guided them on how to master their untamed minds and develop the art of emotional, social, and spiritual intelligence in a holistic manner. Her Coaching interventions ignited the lens of wisdom in many leaders.

We had conducted many deep People Management and Mindset transformation Workshops for our leaders and her impactful coaching helped these managers to reflect on their ability and improve their effectiveness with enhanced accountability & ownership, eventually engaging top talent and helping build a high-performing environment at Huawei.

She had also done multiple mindfulness-oriented workshops for our leaders on Self-reflection, understanding self’s/ own strengths & weaknesses and Better handling of situations, better relationships/connecting with team members & building trust. Her Leadership Coaching interventions are highly recommended especially Individualised Role Plays & and on-the-spot feedback has received very high appreciation from participants.

Service: Bespoke Programs, Senior leadership development & 1-1 coaching

Pratima Gupta

HR Head India, Sequoia

Had the opportunity of engaging Sailaja Manacha on the Indegene D&I- IAMPOWER Women’s Leadership program. Our need was to build impactful conversational capabilities for women in mid-managerial roles. Sai, with her thorough understanding of people and their needs, and our organizational imperatives, masterfully crafted and delivered the immersive program virtually over 3 months. In every session, she ensured the whole group had significant learning that they could experiment with, and come back for feedback and validation. The coaching sessions, somatic work, and facilitation practices were all a unique combination that met the needs of every individual as well as the group. Considering that she has been working in the Women’s Empowerment space for a long time now, our expectations were high and we are glad to have invested in a rich program such as this one, which has enabled our women leaders to grow into our future leaders.

Service: Bespoke Women’s Leadership Program

Pushpa BN

Director - Learning and Development, Indegene

Working remotely during the pandemic while at  Cerner posed a challenge to new team members as they often felt lost and unconnected with the rest of the team. As a leader during these testing times, it’s important to prepare your leadership team for the challenges that you’ll face as a team.

Sailaja Manacha suggested two learning sessions: Virtual Teaming and Change Management. She designed a program named CCC: Connections, Conversations, and Change, which she delivered to all the people managers in my organization. These CCC sessions, though conducted on a virtual platform, were very engaging and impactful. With her outstanding facilitation skills, Sai could elicit a lot of participants to open up and speak about their challenges and share their best practices.

Post these sessions, I have seen a change in my managers. They seem more focused on building relationships and strength in the team. While dealing with ambiguity, they are actively sharing care and concerns, and providing feedback, and communicating effectively. My heartfelt thanks to Sai for designing and delivering this impactful program for my organization.

Service: Bespoke Program for Leadership Development

Lalitha JS

Vice President, Site Leader, HST Global

For Leadership Coaching

Sai stepped in to coach a senior leader as they transitioned into a leadership role.

Sai navigated the coaching with enough empathy, and challenge and used a combination of various tools for this. Key stakeholders reported visible changes in the way this leader led their team, the business, and also in their stakeholder engagement. Sai has been a trusted partner and her direct 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. It’s been great working with Sai, and I always find her to be a very engaged partner.

Service: 1:1 Leadership Coaching

Amrita Madiah

Talent Management, Development and D&I Leader, Adobe

I had the opportunity to work with Sailaja or Sai as she is known a few years ago. As an executive coach, Sai helped me better understand several aspects of my work style and personality, which directly contributed to improvements both at work and in my personal life. Her style of exploration and generation of solutions and alternatives to handle diverse situations has been of great help to me.

You may be doing great in your personal and professional life, but the presence of a coach will help you scale hitherto unknown heights.  I will highly recommend Sai as an executive coach to one and all.

Service: 1:1 Leadership Coaching

Vijay Narsapur

VP & SBU Head: Customer Service, Digital Services, and HRO practices, Infosys BPO Ltd, India

For leaders looking to drive impact, Sai’s unique coaching is invaluable. Insights will be followed by an action-oriented plan and she will hold you accountable to the goals you set. For me personally, there were quite a few aha moments and tenets that continue to be relevant.

For leaders looking to drive impact, Sai’s unique coaching is invaluable.

Service: 1:1 Leadership Coaching

Madhusudhan Hegde

EVP & BU Head, Coforge

As an executive coach, Sailaja Manacha brings in a powerful combination of radical care and candor. Through this, she provides a high degree of clarity to the leaders by helping them know themselves better and supporting them to confront their limiting behaviors and beliefs. Sai holds the mirror for the leaders in a psychologically safe and strongly ethical way. She creates high accountability in leaders to own their development journey and ensure to move forward by seeking support from people across the hierarchy. Sai ensured a transparent and seamless alignment among her, the coachee, the coachee’s manager, and me to facilitate a supportive journey for the leader (coachee) to move forward in their growth. I absolutely enjoyed working with Sai and I look forward to working with her in the future for co-creating such experiences for more leaders.

Service: 1-1 Leadership Coaching

Veena Sethuraman

Author, Vice President & Head of learning and Organizational Development, InMobi

Working with Sai on multiple development and coaching interventions has been a joy. Her profound need analysis, investment of time and energy to understand the problem, balanced view of the situation, and questioning techniques provide a perfect playground to experience solutions. I have heard from different stakeholders lovely feedback and have immense respect for her work. It’s been a pleasure to work with her.

Service: Senior Executives 1:1 Leadership Coaching

Mamta Thapliyal

Head HR - Americas, Infosys BPM

We engaged with Sai on Leadership coaching for senior leaders, which included group sessions followed by personal coaching sessions while I was at Huawei Technologies. I can confidently say that it transformed us by creating complete self-awareness and empowered us with powerful techniques to deal with people rightly under any difficult situations. Without hesitation, we recommended this to the next-level leadership teams as well. This is a MUST course for any organization if you want to build result-oriented empathetic leadership.

Service: Group coaching & 1:1 Leadership Coaching

Dinesh R Nayak

Sr. VP Engineering, ACT Fibernet

Personally, I attended the coaching session by Ms. Sailaja while at Huawei Technologies, when I was getting into a bigger leadership role. That coaching helped me a lot to improve various aspects of people and stakeholder management. The skills acquired by me brought a big change in my leadership style and complemented my business skills to achieve great results. Later I suggested this training and coaching to other managers and many of our managers benefited from her workshop.

Service:  1:1 Leadership Coaching

Pradip Kumar Das

Senior Director Engineering, Honeywell Forge Performance+(Enterprise SaaS), Honeywell Connected Enterprise

In the journey of growing the school, I have grown myself in ways I find impossible to believe and something I look back on with deep fulfillment and joy. Through my work with Sai, I am acutely aware of how I can have a deep impact on the school. Sai has gently and lovingly shown me how to work through shadows and of course, how to stand in the light recognizing and honouring my gifts.

Sai has accompanied through tough terrains that the school’s biography has meandered through. I have always left those conversations revitalized and hopeful or when those emotions are elusive, with the feeling of having the capacity to simply bear the truth.

She has been a coach and a mentor. She has been the voice of love and courage. She has been a gentle hand. She has been strong and conviction. She has been a holding space and a companion spirit. She has worked not just with me but also with the school leaders and at times the parent community of Yellow Train.

Service: 1:1 Leadership Coaching, School Leaders’ Development Program

Santhya Vikram

Managing Director, Yellow Train School

For Power Up

I was introduced to Sai through her powerful work with Transactional Analysis and since then it has been for me a journey of discovering psychology and its place in leadership development. One of her most amazing strengths is to ask thought-provoking questions with care.

I’ve had the pleasure of introducing her work to teams in my organization and seeing her nurture in them a curiosity for understanding oneself to truly impact others.

I’ve been immersed in Sai’s journey with Generative Leadership through StepUp and Power Up, – as she crafted it, taught it in an in-person experience, and finally demonstrated how she would StepUp – by creating the virtual experience at scale and a bestselling book!

I’d highly recommend Sai to leaders who are keen to Step Up!

Service: TA 101 & Step Up & Power Up – 1 year Women’s Leadership Program

Divya Amarnath

Talent Transformation and Incubation | Leadership Development | Author | TEDx Speaker, Bosch Global Software

Sai- you are an angel who played, and still plays, a critical guiding light role in my life. Your powerful questions touch me so deeply and have helped me get in touch with my own self at the core. I am filled with gratitude and probably words can’t explain what I feel. You are a blessing for me.

This program was very profound for me. If you had not invited me personally and called out the need, I may have missed the great insights and learning. Thank you so much for your thinking, care, guidance, and holding the space as well.

Service: Power Up, Senior Women Leadership Programme

Reena Pradeep

Associate Director of Human Resource, PepsiCo

For Step Up & Rise Up

I haven’t met a person who is more passionate about women’s leadership development than Sai! She has been running the Step-up program for mid-career women leaders for many years for our business. Her colleague Jacintha teaches the Rise Up program for young career women. The aim is to help these women to get ready for the next steps in their careers. These programs have helped build their confidence to take the next steps in their roles and provided guidance on how to work through challenges that might be unique to women leaders in our ecosystem.

Service: Step Up & Rise Up – Emerging Women’s Leadership Programme

Harsh Bapat

Vice-President and Head of Mobility, Siemens Advanta

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Santhya Vikram

Managing Director, Yellow Train School

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Managing Director, Yellow Train School

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Managing Director, Yellow Train School

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Managing Director, Yellow Train School

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Managing Director, Yellow Train School

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Santhya Vikram

Managing Director, Yellow Train School

For Power Up

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Santhya Vikram

Managing Director, Yellow Train School

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Santhya Vikram

Managing Director, Yellow Train School

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Santhya Vikram

Managing Director, Yellow Train School

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