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Five things the TD Centre can teach us about how to build Toronto - The Globe and Mail
The Globe and Mail
Published Friday, May. 01 2015,

The TD towers were a radical departure both in scale and in style. The tallest of the original two soared to 56 floors, dominating the skyline like nothing before or since. Rising from its six-acre site at King and Bay, it was everything the old buildings around it were not. While they featured arched windows and gargoyles, Greek columns and bronze roofs, the design of the TD Centre was all austerity and simplicity.

It is just this sort of future that the creators of the TD Centre had in mind when they hired one of the era’s most renowned architects to build them something outstanding. The architect was Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (1886-1969), the Chicago-based German émigré who liked to say that “less is more.” He referred to his works as “skin-and-bones” architecture, and his unadorned steel-and-glass boxes were meant to reflect the spirit of a modern technological era.

It took ambition and foresight to pull off something as bold as the TD Centre. It meant thinking about what the city would become instead of just coping with what it was. Those qualities sometimes seem lacking in today’s Toronto. There are still things we can learn from those dark towers.

First, don’t be afraid of tall buildings.
Second, investing in quality pays.
Third, maintain what you have.
Fourth, pay attention to details.
Finally, always think about the future. Toronto, and Canada, were in a risk-taking frame of mind when the first tower took shape. Expo 67, the wildly successful world’s fair, was under way in Montreal. The striking new Toronto City Hall by Finnish architect Viljo Revell had opened two years earlier.
'60s  ambitions  architecture  boldness  foresight  history  lessons_learned  Marcus_Gee  skyscrapers  Bay_Street  TD_Bank  Toronto  design  forward_looking  PATH  detail_oriented  minimalism  quality  Expo_67  risk-taking  mindsets  pay_attention 
may 2015 by jerryking
Memo to Staff: Take More Risks -
March 20, 2013| WSJ| By LESLIE KWOH
Memo to Staff: Take More Risks
CEOs Urge Employees to Embrace Failure and Keep Trying

Growth and innovation come from daring ideas and calculated gambles, but boldness is getting harder to come by at some companies. After years of high unemployment and scarred from rounds of company cost-cutting and layoffs, managers say their workers seem to have become allergic to risk.

Companies large and small are trying to coax staff into taking more chances in hopes that they'll generate ideas and breakthroughs that lead to new business. Some, like Extended Stay, are giving workers permission to make mistakes while others are playing down talk of profits or proclaiming the virtues of failure.
risks  risk-taking  daring  growth  innovation  new_businesses  failure  individual_initiative  idea_generation  large_companies  start_ups  boldness 
march 2013 by jerryking
In a Downturn, Provoke Your Customers
March 2009 | HBR | by Philip Lay, Todd Hewlin, and Geoffrey Moore

The downturn is making it tougher than ever to make a sale. The companies you serve are slashing budgets. Senior executives—
not the managers you’ve traditionally dealt with—are now the decision makers. But you can motivate those executives to allocate funds for your offering—by using provocation-based selling:
• Identify a critical problem facing your customer—one so ominous that, even in a downturn, it will find the money to address it.
• Formulate a provocative view of the problem—a fresh perspective that frames the problem in a jarring new light.
• Lodge your provocation with an executive who has the power to approve the solution you’re proposing. To win support,convey the magnitude and intractability of the problem—without putting him on the defensive.
HBR  provocations  selling  economic_downturn  howto  sales_cycle  Geoffrey_Moore  problems  problem_solving  pain_points  perspectives  solutions  fresh_eyes  boldness  selling_the_problem 
august 2012 by jerryking
Until one is committed, there is hesitancy…
Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, the providence moves too. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents, meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamt would have come his way. I learned a deep respect for one of Goethe’s couplets: “Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it!”

W. H. Murray Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe [thx SM]
inspiration  seminal_moments  unforeseen  boldness  Carpe_diem  commitments  affirmations  quotes 
august 2012 by jerryking
Review & Outlook: Joel Klein's Report Card -
NOVEMBER 11, 2010 | WSJ. A Democrat without education
experience when he became schools chancellor in 2002, Mr. Klein began as
a mainstream reformer. Raise standards, end social promotion, hire
better teachers, promote charter schools. But as he was mugged by the
reality of the K-12 public school establishment, he began to appreciate
that real improvement requires more than change at the margin.

Thus he led the fight for far more school choice by creating charter
school clusters, as in Harlem, that are changing the local culture of
failure. Kids from as far away as Buffalo will benefit from his fight to
lift the state charter cap, which increased to 460 schools from 200.
Mr. Klein helped to expose the "rubber rooms" that let bad teachers live
for years on the taxpayer dime while doing no work. He gave schools
grades from A to F and pushed to close the bad ones, and he fought for
merit pay in return for ending teacher tenure.
Joel_Klein  education  reform  standards  tenure  meritocratic  boldness  teachers  school_districts  grading  CEOs  lawyers  Michael_Bloomberg  charter_schools  K-12  public_schools 
november 2010 by jerryking
Better A Bold Jerk Than A Diplomatic Niceguy « Roissy in DC
It is said of blind patriots that they follow “my country, right or wrong.” Well, for women, it’s “my alpha, right or wrong.” And what is a defining characteristic of alphaness? Boldness. Women love bold men, right or wrong.
jerks  boldness  women  dating  attraction 
february 2010 by yangmeyer
A Quote on Committing, seen on Signal vs. Noise (by 37signals)
..."“Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it!”
life  thoughts  love  commitment  boldness 
march 2009 by emily
Until One Is Committed, There Is Hesitancy
A very strong quote about commitment ad boldness. I particularly like the Goethe's words: “Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it!”
Quotes  Boldness 
march 2009 by porcupine

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