SMARTer Teamwork: Provoking Productive Teamwork One Conversation After Another Edit Title

Brian Fraser is a coach, speaker, and facilitator who uses the workings and wisdom of jazz to help people imagine and generate more productive teamwork within their organizations. He has been leading, studying, and teaching nonprofit organizations to be more faithful, effective, and wise for over 40 years. His research into the qualities of terrific teamwork has led him to an acronym for SMARTer teamwork - Soulful, Mindful, Astute, Responsible, and Trusting.

The most common form of jazz in human experience is ordinary conversation. If you build your teams through conversations (and we all do), then you are a jazz musician. Your instrument is your voice. The vibe you create around you is generated by your conversations. And the value you contribute is in the impact of your conversations. If you were to manage your conversations with the same attention and skill that a jazz musician manages her/his instrument, what positive difference would it make to the quality of community you are co-creating?

SMARTer Teamwork is a booklet that outlines the 5 essential conversations that will provoke productive teamwork.

You can find out more about Brian's coaching and facilitating with nonprofit teams at

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