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Where’s All the Art at the Louvre?

Where’s All the Art at the Louvre?

All art lovers know Paris’ Louvre Museum, but may not realize that there are more than 250,000 works of art that are not on display in the iconic palace-and-pyramid. These priceless works have been stored at a variety of facilities around Paris, creating an organizational nightmare for the curators who are charged with maintaining the welfare and security of the museum’s unique collection. Collection managers have been particularly concerned about the possibility of water damage; the Seine river is overdue for a centennial flood, and the venerable buildings housing the stored artworks are especially vulnerable.

A new public-private initiative is riding to the rescue with a state-of-the-art consolidated storage facility in Lievin, between Paris and Calais. The remarkable building is a work of art itself, with a vegetation-covered sloping roof that blends into the surrounding landscape. Inside the climate-controlled space are areas for restoration, research, and storage. Construction begins in 2017, with move-in scheduled for 2018…assuming the curators can remember all the places they stashed a quarter-million pieces of art.

 

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The Wisdom of Others: An Underrated Leadership Skill

The Wisdom of Others: An Underrated Leadership Skill

It takes a big person to admit that they don’t know it all. Whether you’re a small-business entrepreneur or the CEO of a multi-national corporation, reaching out for help creates feelings of vulnerability that are especially uncomfortable to people in leadership positions. Nevertheless, the most successful leaders wisely seek out the wisdom of others, no matter how humbling it feels.

For any business leader, establishing an industry network is vital. Suppliers, peers, and even competitors can provide valuable insights, tips and expert advice. This story in Business Review Weekly profiles an Australian entrepreneur who makes it a practice to seek out the wisdom of others. The pay-off: his network connected him to his first big contract.

This flip side of the coin, of course, is offering your wisdom to others in your field, when you’re asked. Helping out a colleague is a win-win; your colleague gets some needed advice, and your own ego gets a little shine, too.

Giving and receiving business wisdom builds strong businesses and strong business relationships. Pass it on!

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