The Winning Attitude – The Chicago Bears Should Learn from Chicago’s Great Cultural Institutions

People, and institutions, get back what they give out. True winners are others-centered.

The Chicago Bears should learn from our city’s great cultural institutions.

Brian Urlacher, courtesy of Wikipedia

Above is Brian Urlacher.

As the Sun-Times Rick Morrisey said yesterday about the Chicago Bears and it’s star linebacker, “Urlacher doesn’t care about the fans. And neither do the Bears, who charge an average of $111 a ticket and laugh at you poor, witless slobs all the way to the bank.” http://www.suntimes.com/sports/17077782-419/morrissey-its-not-just-brian-urlacher-bears-franchise-doesnt-like-you-either.html

Lose for Urlbacher/lose for the Bears/lose for the fans/nothing left over for the community.

Contrast this to the Goodman, Joffrey, Shakespeare Theatre, Lyric Opera, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Art Institute, Lincoln Park Zoo and Shedd Aquarium. These institutions flourish because of their winning, others-centered attitude. They nurture greatness – the highest calibre productions, outreach & education, and opportunities for volunteers and funders.

Win for the institutions/win for the community/win for kids/win for volunteers and fundraisers.

Grandad – the Shedd’s oldest resident, courtesy of Shedd Aquarium

Courtesy of the Joffrey

Respect

Kudos to Mayor Emanuel for showcasing Joffrey Ballet at last week’s performance for the spouses of the NATO reps.  And many thanks to Joffrey for inviting me to this exquisite show too.

The dance company’s logo

I particularly enjoyed visiting with Geertrui Windels, mother of 4, grandmother of 3, wife of the European Union President and now a political candidate for office in her hometown.  Her campaign theme is “Respect” and, as she commented, that’s a Make It Better theme too.