The Captain

Folks who’ve hired me in the past, often tell me that I have an energetic, provocative and inspirational style that participants find powerful, reflective and insightful.


Sujit Sumitran – Founder & Captain

The diverse business experience I bring to my clients helps me relate to your personal & professional challenges with ease. Business and HR folks, who’ve hired me in the past, often tell me that I have an energetic, provocative and inspirational style that participants find powerful, reflective and insightful. I love and enjoy my work and this helps me to speak from the heart with enthusiasm, passion and warmth. And all this, is loaded with serious fun. Benefit? I make it easy for your people to think differently!

I’m in the business of possibility – helping clients convert the potential energy of their people into kinetic energy! I do this by partnering large corporations in co-creating their change and people related business acceleration initiatives. Not just events, but interventions, based on design-thinking principles, built for sustenance and ROI. I do this by coaching senior leaders and helping them navigate their strategic and operational business and people challenges. I also work with senior leadership teams, using  experiential learning and group facilitation methodologies, to help them find their own answers and produce the energy required for change.

I have earned a PCC (Professional Certified Coach) credential from the ICF (International Coach Federation) and am a 6 Seconds EQ Fellow, certified in assessing EI. I strongly believe that emotions drive people and people drive performance and leaders can leverage EI to create a climate conducive to high performance. I have also undergone a coach training program in Transformational Coaching from The Centre for Transformational Coaching. Further, I have successfully completed certified courses in Appreciative Coaching and The World Café process from the Fielding Graduate University, California and am also certified in the WorkPlace Big Five Profile 4.0. Before diving deep with The Yellow Submarine, I spent 6 1/2 years at Erehwon Innovation Consulting, where I consulted with large corporations to help create environments that are innovation-friendly. Prior to Erehwon, I was one of the 2 trainers who rolled out the Dale Carnegie offerings, when they kick-started the India operations in 2003. Earlier, I was Vice President (Sales) at Zenith Computers Ltd. I began my sales career with Xerox and have ‘learned’ in a variety of demanding environments – from factory floors to management committees. In the last 14 years, I’ve interacted with over 23,000 participants across 100+ clients like Amdocs India, Asian Paints, Atos India, Birla Sun Life AMC, Bunge India, Cargo-Partner India Cipla Ltd., Jones Lang Lasalle India, Linde India, Lineage Power, Motorola Mobility India, MTR Foods, Novartis India, Oracle India, SABMiller India, Samsung India, Sandvik Asia, SimpliLearn India, Sundaram BNP Paribas Fund Services, Times Group, The Hindu & TAFE, to name a few.  My years of working across diverse industries & contexts helps me relate easily to people. It also helps me constantly innovate on the methodologies to create a productive experience for my clients & participants.

I live in Goa and when I’m not working with clients on their business challenges, I spend hours every week baking artisan, sourdough bread and tinkering with my wood-fired oven.

I strongly believe that in my world there are no strangers – just friends who I haven’t met as yet. 🙂

Personal Take on ChangeThatStays Model

If people don’t constantly evolve or change, they will end up as fertilizer!

Your people understand this and know how critical it is for them to proactively embrace change. Despite this, most change initiatives involving people fail and rarely go beyond the first few attempts. Why? – Your people walk into change initiatives with well-formed habits. And these old habits don’t die. They just re-surface a few days later. Also, for change to happen there must be a compelling reason to change – if your people don’t see a need to change why will or should they change?

What’s required is a tight context driven custom-built program that not only provokes your people to think afresh but also helps them build new habits so that the change you’re looking for is visibly demonstrated consistently. That’s what The ChangeThatStays Model guarantees.