Iain Christie

Founder and CEO at SideKickSixtyFive Consulting and host of the Terranauts podcast. Iain is a seasoned business executive with deep understanding of the space business and government procurement policy. Iain worked for 22 years at Neptec including as CEO. He was a VP at the Aerospace Industries Association of Canada, is a mentor at the Creative Destruction Lab and a visiting professor at the University of Ottawa's Telfer School of Management.

Leadership Is…

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Leadership is the art of influencing human behaviour so as to achieve the mission in the manner desired by the leader. That is the definition of leadership that I learned at the age of 13 as an Air Cadet (it was the Canadian Forces standard definition at the time). I have never needed another.

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Let’s Get It Together People

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In the last two columns I have talked about why space, as an investment sector, is not really like other "Deep Tech" sectors. At times, I may have made the sector sound like it was unattractive to investors. I don't think it is. In fact, I think it has enormous potential specifically because its dynamics are not widely appreciated. The sector really is ready for some smart money that …

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A Market That Is Out of This World

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In my last column I spent some time looking at the investment environment in the space sector, including why I think that it may not be meeting the expectations of some investors who arrived in the last major surge of investment. Without going into detail again, I think that the main issue is that the space market does not match the expectations of investors coming …

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A Unique Investment Space

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The space sector is seeing a shift in funding. Five years ago, private sector funding was on the rise. Government spending was decreasing and appeared set to continue. There were some predictions this "reversal" of capital was going to remake the industry. It didn't. This page is for subscribers only. Already a subscriber? Log in. Fact-driven space news, columns, business, policy, technology and more. Support …

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Leading Your Way Out of a Complex Project

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I introduced the concept of complexity a couple of columns ago. In the last column I talked about the effect it can have on organizational culture when it is not recognized or handled well. In this final column on the subject, I want to talk about what can be done when you are faced with a complex project.

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Advice to Founders, Avoiding Blame and Seeking Success

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In the last column I talked about the concept of complexity as it applies to the management of large projects. In that column I also discussed the fact that the – often unrecognized – effects of complexity can drive organizational culture in ways that are, let’s just say, undesirable. In this column I discuss avoiding blame and seeking success.

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Private Investment and the Space Startup

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In the last column I wrote, I talked about the conundrum faced by government policy makers as they attempt to craft programs to help the entrepreneurial space sector.  One of the major dilemmas that they face is that all entrepreneurial companies depend on private investment to survive, succeed and grow.  Helping those companies means being prepared to help investors.

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