Georgia Construction Today - First Quarter 2009 - (Page 6)
message from the president Your AGC Membership— An Opportunity to Give and Receive Learning to become a giver and ﬁnding ways to “give back” is a core component of the servant leadership philosophy many Georgia Branch, AGC members have heard me and my predecessor, Rick Allen of Augusta, talk about in our roles as Chapter president. This philosophy emphasizes service to others as the primary way to enhance one’s own leadership effectiveness and stature. For me personally, this means setting a good example and ﬁ nding ways to be of service to industry peers, New South Construction employees, clients and other industry partners, as well as the construction industry as a whole. As many of us know, people will often fall into one of two categories: givers or takers. The primary focus of a taker is “what’s in it for me.” Takers typically concentrate on their own interests, desires, wants and needs. On the other hand, givers focus on meeting the needs, wants and desires of others. They treat all people well and enjoy engaging in ‘random acts of kindness.’ Givers focus on what they can do to contribute and where they can make a difference in a bigger picture context without regard to personal gain. During my 15-year afﬁliation with AGC, I have experienced ﬁrsthand what this organization represents and offers in the way of services and value at the national, state and local level. With 32,000 member ﬁrms nationwide, AGC wields tremendous clout and inﬂuence helping to create good public policies and practices impacting our industry. AGC also plays an active role in protecting us Doug Davidson, President New South Construction Co., Inc. Atlanta, GA 2008-09 President Georgia Branch, AGC from bad legislation. They provide a watchful eye and extensive lobbying resources none of us can match on our own. Everyone in our industry, whether you are an AGC member or not, beneﬁts from AGC’s efforts in working with national and state legislatures. One national example is AGC’s efforts to help the new administration shape the recently passed economic stimulus plan. In Georgia, AGC also maintains close ties with the Board of Regents, GSFIC, Corps of Engineers, OSHA, Licensing Board and other organizations who look to us to deﬁne correct procedures for construction operations and administration. In addition to industry representation, Georgia Branch, AGC members also beneﬁt from other valuable services, including jobsite and classroom safety training, leadership and professional development programs, and networking/ relationship-building opportunities. AGC is a resource for best industry practices, and works to provide cutting-edge information on topics such as BIM and green building. AGC educates contractors on new laws and regulations such as lien laws, E-verify, etc. Chapter publications regularly introduce members to new ideas and practices, helping us become better leaders and business owners. You are encouraged to read the article on page 8 with tips on how we all can effectively lead and manage our businesses during these tough economic times. As a result of my company’s involvement with AGC, I have created relationships with other industry leaders that have been of great value to our success. The recognition of Think about it. Are you a giver or a taker when it comes to supporting the industry that supports your business? 6 Georgia CONSTRUCTION TODAY FIRST QUARTER 2009
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