Breaking The Chain

Leading in a VUCA World: Navigating Ambiguity and Innovation in Space Memorials with Colby Youngblood

Mariia Bondarenko

Written by: Mariia Bondarenko

5 minute read

🎙️ Welcome to the eleventh episode of Breaking the Chain! This week, Nathaniel Chapman, CEO of Impel Talent, sits down with Colby Youngblood, President of Celestis, to discuss leadership in ambiguity. This episode is packed with insights and personal anecdotes that shed light on the challenges and triumphs of leadership in today’s volatile environment.

Colby Youngblood’s journey is nothing short of extraordinary. With a 20-year career in the United States Air Force, Colby has honed his leadership skills in various high-stakes environments. His transition from the Air Force to leading Celestis, a pioneer in memorial spaceflights, is a testament to his ability to navigate and thrive in ambiguity. In this episode, Colby shares his personal connection to spaceflight, highlighting the unique and profound services Celestis provides.

Delving into Colby’s career, the conversation covers his extensive experience in leadership, event planning, and his passion for space exploration. From organising formal graduation ceremonies for Air Force leadership courses to managing complex space missions, Colby’s expertise is vast and varied. He discusses the emotional impact of Celestis’ missions, the challenges of secondary payload launches, and the importance of maintaining clear communication and expectations in leadership roles.

Join us for an inspiring discussion on how to lead with courage and confidence in uncertain times. Whether you’re interested in space exploration, leadership strategies, or personal growth, this episode offers valuable lessons and thought-provoking insights. Tune in to hear Colby Youngblood’s remarkable story and learn how to embrace ambiguity in your leadership journey.

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