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ASAQS President’s Message 2018

Saturday, 08 December 2018  
Posted by: Bert vd Heever
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As we prepare for the industry-wide shut down in December, I wish to thank everyone for their invaluable contributions throughout the year. Your support, guidance, insights and dedication to the association continues to uplift the sector. I’m proud to be the President of such a tenacious and forward-thinking group of people and I wish everyone a happy and restful festive season.

Over the holidays, I would like to encourage you to think about your influence as a Quantity Surveyor. In the office, on site and in the presence of clients, you need to lead. The only way you can do that is by making sure you are the influencer in the room, which leads me to my next question.

What important behaviours does a Quantity Surveyor need to exhibit to be influential?
After giving this a bit of thought, I would have to say it boils down to ethics, integrity, and ensuring the highest level of accountability. The buck stops with you and to be an influential Quantity Surveyor, people must believe wholeheartedly that you have fully accepted this responsibility. They must also know that your integrity is unshakable.

Whether your business in 2019 will come from local clients or international prospects, there are certain aspects that will separate the wheat from the chaff in the coming year. In tougher economic climates, you will need to demonstrate greater value for money, and champion new methodologies and innovative processes that will result in a better ROI for clients, without compromising on the quality of the final product. Innovation means thinking outside the box – not for innovation’s sake – but because it is time to evolve or get left behind.

Get motivated and inspired for 2019
It is easy to get stuck in the same old way of doing things. To avoid getting lost in the sea of people offering similar services, however, it is crucial that you stay motivated and inspired. One way to achieve this would be to subscribe to the highest standards for your business and services, setting your own barometer.  Another possible way could be to look at emulating what other successful Quantity Surveyors are doing.

I have worked with numerous Quantity Surveyors over the years and can safely say that we are, without a doubt, an ambitious and aspirational lot; we do stand out from the rest and we must be proud of that.  With experience, it is tough not to get snowed under with the day-to-day tasks that are needed to keep your business afloat, and particularly because we aspire to be thorough in the functions we perform. To stay inspired in 2019, particularly for the newer generation, look for mentors and other successful Quantity Surveyors and study their business practices closely. Follow those who uphold high ethical standards and are leaders in the industry. You are the sum total of the five people you spend the most time with. In your professional life, make sure these are people who take your leadership skills to greater heights.

In 2019, I hope to see influential Quantity Surveyors help to bring about important and beneficial changes in our industry. From developing solutions to assisting and advising in streamlining bureaucratic processes at Government, Municipal and other levels.  Let’s also  support women Quantity Surveyors to become future industry leaders.   Furthermore, I appeal to you to contribute to educational institutions through knowledge-sharing.  There is also a great contribution you can make to ignite and sustain meaningful economic transformation in South Africa.

Let’s make 2019 a year of progress, change and inspiration for us all.

Yours sincerely

Mr Yunus Bayat
ASAQS President