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As a teenager and young adult, I had the attitude that I was always right (or that you were always wrong). I had all the answers and knew my way was the best way. I looked at the way adults operated and said, “I’ll never be that way when I’m their age.” Well, I am now “their age,” and guess what, I am that way. STORY BY BRENT TERHAAR, PARTNER CLIFTONLARSONALLEN LLP

By “that way,” I mean that I’m slower to make significant changes, I adhere more to my historical philosophies, I’m more conservative, and I put more emphasis on understanding how my actions affect others. Life happened, and with it came experiences that have shaped who I am, what I do, and how I think; in short, my perspective. What does this have to do with manufacturing? We are in the midst of the largest leadership and ownership transition in history. Owners are passing their business to their children, their management team, or to new owners from outside the organization. At best, this can be a challenging process; at worst, it can be devastating. At the heart of the challenge is the perspectives of both parties and how one motivates the behavior of the other. Since a person’s perspective often shapes the attitude and approach of others, it is important to recognize that there are different perspectives from both parties involved in a business or leadership transition. continued on page 14

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Precision News July/August 2013  

Precision News is the trade magazine of the Arizona Tooling and Machining Association (ATMA). Featuring articles on manufacturing in Arizona...

Precision News July/August 2013  

Precision News is the trade magazine of the Arizona Tooling and Machining Association (ATMA). Featuring articles on manufacturing in Arizona...