I get it.

I understand.

I have been there.

I have been right where you are; struggling with your new role as a leader in your company.

Early in my utility career, I was an engineer thrust into leadership. I was leading a team of engineers on a significant environmental project. Little did I know, when I took the leadership job, it wasn’t all about leading engineers to make the best product. I had to account for the business side of things too like budgets, motivation, employees, and everything else that comes with running a small business and I had no clue how to do that.

And it was hard!

One would think that for an engineer with severe quantoidal tendencies, this soft skill of leadership shouldn’t be that hard. But everyone needs help in their first leadership position.  I was not trained in these business principles like leadership or decision making. 

In the beginning, I stumbled.

And I floundered. 

But eventually, I began to see results; I stumbled and floundered less.

As I look back on my career, I have asked myself, “What was the most difficult technology to master?” Could it be nuclear power? How about steam turbine-generators? Don’t forget combustion turbines. How about electrical power theory?

None of these were as difficult as learning utility accounting and finance.

It is the most convoluted, tortuous, complex world I have ever been privileged to learn, particularly when you throw in power plants with multiple owners. (This is what many Western utilities build because their size does not allow them to build large plants alone.) I learned these esoteric accounting principles without the advantage of taking accounting at the time. It was, to say the least, a challenge.

A few years later, after going back to school for an MBA, I realized there was a great need to improve the business acumen to my industry. So I designed a short business acumen live training program for power plant people to help develop their leadership skills. I called it Biz, Bucks & BTUs.

The Biz Bucks Guy Cartoon

This is the cartoon version of me from BizBasics Online. It is a pretty good likeness except he has more hair!

A short while after that, I was faced with an “early out” option during my company’s “re-engineering”, or as I like to call it the “time-released layoffs”,  I knew it was the perfect opportunity I was looking for.  I decided to take advantage of the offer and retool my career.  I left my engineering company and I took the Biz, Bucks live training courses to utilities around the world. 

I knew I had a course that could help people like me learn these challenging business concepts.  I knew if they learned these business skills, they would not have to struggle and flounder like I did.  I knew that businesses and companies would see improvement in the effectiveness of their leaders and that we could positively impact their corporate culture. And it did. 

For over 20 years and to more than 5000 students, I have taught these business leadership skills.  I’ve seen people have great success with the Biz, Bucks courses.

But live training can only reach so many people when you are a one-man-show, and there are so many “quantoids” out there who need business acumen training.  I knew I needed to reach a bigger audience, so I had the idea to take my Biz, Bucks live courses online. It took a few years and a few thousand hours of development, but we did it.  We created BizBasicsOnline.com

BizBasics Online (BBO) teaches the basic business skills you need to master to build your acumen.  It teaches a method for decision-making that is effective and efficient in the workplace (and is a must-know skill for any leader!).  BBO teaches the complicated business terms and jargon that can be so confusing to someone who doesn’t have a business background or formal business training.    

And best of all, it will help a quantoid succeed in business, not stumble and flounder.

I know how hard it is to be in a business setting and not have any business training.  I was there.  I did it.  And now, I have created BBO so that others don’t have to struggle with business skills and leadership like I did.