This week, you get to peek into the world of aerospace pioneer and exemplary leader, Tim Ellis, co-founder and CEO of Relativity Space. As one of my long-time clients, Tim has gained valuable insight into the world of Conscious Leadership, which he has learned how to put into action as his company has grown from a seed to a full-blown revolutionary venture.
In this episode, he shares his unique experiences as a co-founder of a company that is not only growing exponentially but is also challenging the way that we as humans view the future of space exploration. Since co-founding Relativity, Tim has helped change the future of space exploration by expanding the possibilities of manufacturing. Under his leadership, Relativity has skyrocketed, and as with all fast-growing companies, there have been a few growing pains along the way.
Relativity Space is the first autonomous rocket factory and launch services leader for satellite constellations which is disrupting 60 years of global aerospace manufacturing. Relativity is developing the first and only aerospace platform to integrate machine learning, software, and robotics with metal 3D printing technology to build and launch rockets and other aerospace products in days instead of years, with the long-term goal of building the future of humanity in space.
Conscious leadership is vital in the realm of rocket growth, where interplanetary ventures and new societies in the universe are becoming a reality. Tim Ellis, CEO and Co-founder of Relativity Space, embodies conscious leadership through his dedication. Whether leading a small business or a billion-dollar enterprise, conscious leadership principles drive success and growth. Startups require leaders who are willing to go above and beyond, such as Tim Ellis, who spent sleepless nights in the office to demonstrate his commitment. Coaching plays a crucial role in developing conscious leaders by providing tools and frameworks to improve communication, navigate co-founder relationships, and overcome challenges like Imposter Syndrome and Upper Limiting. Through coaching, leaders gain self-awareness and empower themselves to thrive in a rapidly evolving world.
Are you a single leader working in a larger team or organization or in a community. Are you doing your best to lead consciously, to have a growth mindset, and yet all around you there are people who are undermining your ability to make progress? What do we do when it’s just us and we’re trying to swim against the tide and change our whole entire culture?
Today’s show features the incredible creator of the Conscious Leadership Group, author of the book, The 15 Commitments of Conscious Leadership, Diana Chapman. Diana walks us through some role-playing that will help us understand how to transform our businesses through the practice of conscious leadership.
Many of us have been in organizations that have felt toxic. We impact each other and while there are many tools that we can use to really bring ourselves into the mindset that we want to have, the effect of culture is quite real. With Diana’s help, we begin to find that transformational power to create lasting and sustainable change that each of us actually has buried within ourselves, just waiting to be accessed.
Tim Ellis is the co-founder and CEO of Relativity Space, the first autonomous rocket factory and launch services leader for satellite constellations. Disrupting 60 years of global aerospace manufacturing, Relativity is developing the first and only aerospace platform to integrate machine learning, software, and robotics with metal 3D printing technology to build and launch rockets and other aerospace products in days instead of years, with the long-term goal of building the future of humanity in space.
Since co-founding Relativity, Tim has helped change the future of space exploration by expanding the possibilities of additive metal manufacturing. Under his leadership, Relativity developed the largest robotic metal 3D printer in the world and tested its entirely 3D printed Aeon rocket engine over 190 times, on track to launching Relativity’s Terran 1, the world’s first 3D printed launch vehicle. Terran 1 has won launch contracts to support the Telesat LEO program, Spaceflight Industries, and Mu Space. Tim played a leading role in closing hundreds of millions of dollars in partnership with the U.S. Government, including securing the first-ever US Air Force launch site award to a venture-backed company at Cape Canaveral, and exclusive 20-year agreements for multiple test sites and a 220,000-square-foot factory at NASA Stennis Space Center.
Prior to Relativity, Tim was responsible for bringing metal 3D printing in-house at Blue Origin and served as a Propulsion Development Engineer on Crew Capsule RCS thrusters, BE-4, and New Glenn. He holds an MS and a BS in Aerospace Engineering from USC, where he played a leadership role in launching the first student-designed and built rocket into space together with Relativity cofounder and CTO Jordan Noone. Tim has testified to the U.S. Senate on commercial space policy and is the youngest member on the National Space Council Users Advisory Group by nearly two decades, directly advising the United States White House on all space policy. He also serves on the World Economic Forum as a Technology Pioneer, and has been honored as an MIT 35 Innovators Under 35 and “30 Under 30” from Business Insider, Forbes, and Inc. Magazine. Relativity is backed by Playground Global, Social Capital, Y Combinator, Mark Cuban, USC, and Stanford.
01:22 Meet Tim Ellis, co-founder and CEO of Relativity Space
04:00 Learn about Tim’s mission and vision with Relativity Space and his growth journey
06:59 Caneel and Tim discuss adapting to company changes with a fast growing startup
10:00 Tim shares about challenging times in the company’s growth and how to grow into your leadership
15:15 Tim tells the story of how he camped in a tent at work for weeks to motivate his team and himself
21:25 Tim discusses imposter syndrome and learning about his Zone of Genius
25:25 Tim talks about how working with Caneel as a coach was a big part of their strategy and success
31:30 Tim and Caneel share how coaching benefits co-founder relationships
33:00 How unstructured time keeps Tim sane and sustainable in times of extreme growth
36:20 Tim talks about the Fact vs. Story framework and how it helped his leadership
39:05 Why space exploration matters to Tim and how he wants to help pioneer multiplanetary living