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The Science of Power and Empowerment, with Irene Sinteur

How do you empower people? Researcher Irene Sinteur talks about the science of empowerment, the role of power in team dynamics and why working in autonomous teams doesn’t come naturally to us. For tips on how to create better meetings, read our joint article What Autonomous Teams Can Teach Us About Effective Meetings.


What I’m Thinking About

In this section, I share my unpolished thoughts about business conversations and workplace psychology to spark discussion and inspire.

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About Meeting Strategist

Meeting Strategist pulls back the curtains on one of the most critical skills in business. Curator Marcel van de Hoef, an Amsterdam-based communication trainer and former journalist, is a lifelong student of human interaction and discourse with a strong focus on business conversations.

On the blog, Marcel shares his evolving insights into questioning and listening skills, conversation strategies and the psychology that underpins our daily conversations.

In the monthly podcast, he interviews investors, executives, creatives and others about the strategies they rely on to make their meetings more productive and meaningful.

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