ONE ENERGY FEED
Big thanks to Dr. Teeple from the University of Findlay for bringing her class to the North Findlay Wind Campus!
The Findlay Oilers’ visit consisted of touring the wind turbine component yard and getting an up-close look at wind energy, to supplement the class’s discussion on different types of electricity generation.
It was a pleasure to host these students and help round out their energy conversations!
Have you ever wondered how much concrete is in the foundation of one of our wind turbines?
One Energy’s wind turbine foundations consist of 320 cubic yards of concrete, or the equivalent of 32 fully loaded concrete trucks! 🚛
In the early stages of wind turbine construction, this concrete is poured into an 8-foot excavation (the activity depicted in today’s Wind View!). This concrete, with the addition of rebar and other materials, helps ensure the turbines have very strong foundations. 💪
Many machines at One Energy utilize hydraulics in some way. From lifts that help us in the construction field, to the steering of our vehicles that transport us from project to project – hydraulics are often at play!
A hydraulic system applies force to certain areas via pressurized incompressible fluids, located inside a container. An incompressible fluid is one that cannot be made denser by pushing it together (or compressing it!).
Learn more about these systems in this week’s Wind Study ⬇️ – and see if you can answer the homework questions before we post the answers next Monday!
Field Engineer Mitchel Bumb’s journey with One Energy began in high school, when he helped pour concrete for a project in Findlay. And he’s been climbing to the top ever since!
Find out how he transitioned from the automotive industry to wind energy, how he thinks farming has helped develop his engineering skills, and why he considers his Climb to the Top to be “rewarding.” ⤵️
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Conducting work inside a wind turbine often means working from a ladder or a suspended deck, multiple feet above ground. That’s why “tying off” (remaining securely connected using hooks and carabiners) is a safety necessity when climbing or working at heights in One Energy turbines.
In this episode of Technician Talk, Kerry demonstrates “100% tie-off” and explains how keeping individuals (and their tools) secure ensures the safety of One Energy technicians and those around them – and helps prevent damage to equipment.
For the last 20+ years I have worked for smaller companies, and the key to success has always been about building relationships. Whether it’s with customers, suppliers, or other team members, a strong relationship – one that is built on trust and understanding – will prevail through the good times and the bad.
Strong relationships make for strong business – in any industry or role. The Analytics group at One Energy has worked on building these relationships over the years by following a few simple rules:
- It’s not about the sale. Regardless of who the parties are, if the goal is just getting a sale done, the relationship will never last, and instead, it becomes dependent on each sale to exist. Lasting relationships, on the other hand, are about solving problems. Solve a customer’s problem by introducing them to the correct product, and they’ll remember that. Help a co-worker out in a time of need, and they’ll remember that. Work with a supplier to develop new products, and they’ll remember that. Sales are just a way to get into the game. Solving problems has staying power.
- Everyone must benefit. This is not a secret; it is a fact. The challenge is to prevent any one party from getting greedy, or else everything starts to fall apart. If a supplier makes too much margin, your customer will no longer trust your work. If you negotiate a supplier into a losing position, they will no longer want to work with you. For relationships to last, it must be fair for all parties involved, while still solving the problem.
- Be a resource. In all good business relationships, questions arise constantly. Get to a position of being a resource that people can use, and actively promote being that resource. A coworker that finds it easy to get quick accurate answers to their questions is far more likely to return the favor. When a customer picks up the phone when they have a question and you are able to help them, they will think of you as a useful resource.
- People skills are powerful. Make sure to have someone on your team who has a knack for genuine interpersonal communication. My colleague has an amazing ability to read and interact with people in a way that is different from anything I have experienced. The communication is genuine and real, which creates a bond between people. Their ability to read individuals and situations through active listening and effective communication has been a tremendous asset to our team. In a time of big data and trending analytics, it is easy to lose track of the need for people skills. The ability to quickly provide feedback on whether a presentation hit the mark or not. The ability to steer a conversation based on reading the room. The ability to make connections with not only the group leader, but others in the room. It’s these kinds of people skills that build strong relationships
Over the years, I have seen people overestimate the strength of their business relationship to the point of neglect, and it never ends well. But if all parties value and put effort into the relationship, and follow the rules above, it has the potential to outlast any single sale or negotiation.
Rich Bohon is the Head of Analytics at One Energy.
The best part about school starting back up? The field trips!
At least, that’s One Energy’s favorite part. Student visits allow us to hear from community members of all ages, and introduce aspects of the energy industry from an up-close perspective.
Today’s Wind View shows one of our favorite activities during visits to the North Findlay Wind Campus: the yard tour! Our on-site “laydown” yard is stocked with wind turbine components ready to be deployed for projects whenever we need them. Plus, they serve as educational exhibits during tours of our headquarters!
Did last week’s Wind Study questions float your boat? 🚢
Download the homework answers and see if you solved the problems related to cargo ships and buoyant forces.
And stay tuned for next week’s science and math assignment!
Quick! Name the last time you spent a whole day without using electricity.
Tricky, right? Electricity is all around us – and it powers many everyday items all over the world! 💡
Previously we’ve covered current electricity, explaining AC and DC power. But today’s episode of Science Shorts is about another type: static electricity! ⚡
We’ll explore the meaning of static electricity, explain how it works, and demonstrate it with a hair-raising balloon experiment! 🎈
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Why is it so hard to ask for help? And even when help is offered unsolicited, why is it often so hard to accept?
I worked for years as a consultant, and I often wondered why companies waited until things were such a mess before calling in outside help. Much like an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, bringing in assistance to prevent problems or to clean up small issues can take a whole lot less time and money than unsuccessfully trying to do it yourself.
In spite of the infinite number of times I’ve heard, “Why didn’t you ask for help?” I don’t think I’ve ever heard anyone ask, “Why did you ask for help?” Perhaps there aren’t many regrets from those who do request assistance.
Some people consider asking for help to be an admission of weakness, yet we live in a world where knowledge is increasing exponentially and people in all professions must become increasingly specialized in increasingly narrow fields. It is simply not possible to know “everything” – so why are some people so reluctant to ask for help, particularly when it comes to specialized skills and topics? The rapid pace of change in our world is so intense, it has even given rise to one of those super-specialized fields called, ironically, “change management.” Just a few decades ago, who would have thought people would specialize in managing change? Today, change management is a common topic of discussion on almost a daily basis!
I don’t think I have ever met anyone who has said that implementing change is easy. Whether you have an organization of ten or ten thousand, change is hard. Careful cultivation of consensus is an art form in and of itself. Even when all the stars align, when you have “the right people on the bus,” and everyone agrees on where the bus is going, change is invariably met with at least some inevitable resistance. Talented moderators and facilitators have spent decades learning and cultivating skills to bring organizations to at least some level of consensus and to help them navigate challenging times. They have become those narrowly specialized professionals.
In spite of the universally known challenge of change, I recently heard an entrepreneurial CEO say “Dictatorships don’t need facilitators.” That comment has really stuck with me. On the one hand, it’s a truism: if you are simply going to dictate all the rules, what’s the point in having anyone help you? If you “lead” a group of subservient, unempowered, or spellbound followers, does it matter how you deliver the message – or what the message even is? Isn’t it as simple as dictating the change? Won’t everyone just immediately embrace the modifications?
On the other hand, every fiber of my being tells me this is a falsehood – at best! Living in 21st-century America, struggling with the challenges of post-pandemic employee hiring and retention, can any entrepreneur afford to be a dictator? Even a very charismatic, brilliant, well-meaning dictator could probably benefit from the guidance of a professional outside moderator or facilitator, if only to help lull unsuspecting subjects into thinking they don’t work for a dictator!
Regardless of what you are trying to accomplish from your leadership position within your organization, I can most certainly guarantee that you are too close to be objective. In all but the rarest of circumstances, there is history between you and your organization that gets in the way of implementing change in the most effective and efficient way. Facilitation is unarguably a good thing – for companies and for individuals (even if they consider themselves dictators). Outside help can lessen time constraints and bring top-notch professional expertise and unbiased advice to the table, more effectively convincing naysayers. To be perfectly candid, if you think you can accomplish what an outsider with decades of specialized training and experience can, I would tell you that, based on my decades in the business world, you are wrong.
I have a tremendous amount of respect for leaders with enough self-awareness and the rare combination of humility and confidence to recognize when someone else can do the job better, faster, more efficiently – and are willing to ask for help. My own attempts to be that kind of leader have given me the opportunity to work with some incredibly talented consultants and facilitators over the course of my career, and I can’t begin to describe how much I’ve learned from them.
I don’t have the answer to why it can be difficult to ask for help, and I don’t think the reason is universal Personally, asking for assistance has become easier for me with each passing year, so perhaps age or experience is the key. But I would encourage other professionals to start early! Ask for help sooner and more often than you think you should. The value you will gain from the people you meet will accelerate your learning curve and make you a more effective leader earlier in your career. Also, no one will ask, “Why didn’t you ask for help?”
Dedicated to all the amazing moderators I’ve known over the years, but especially to Mo Fathelbab, one of the most talented facilitators with whom I’ve had the pleasure of working, starting at a pretty young age.
Anne Bain is the Head of Accounting at One Energy.