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  • Published: 1 January 2018
  • ISBN: 9781605094229
  • Imprint: Berrett-Koehler
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 240
  • RRP: $32.99

Brilliance By Design



“Learning,” Vicki Halsey writes, “is the gateway to optimal life experiences. Learning transforms people’s lives, and teaching, in any forum, is the art and science of bringing out the brilliance that drives those transformations.”

Or it should be. But what often happens is that people who teach—in classrooms, meetings, workshops, coaching sessions, or any other setting where learning happens—don’t know how to transfer their great content to others effectively. They spend 70 percent of their time on what they are teaching and only 30 percent on how to teach it, when it should be the other way around.

Halsey is here to reverse that equation, laying out a comprehensive instructional design model that deeply engages and energizes learners because it focuses not on how smart they are but on how they are smart. She shows how to create content that is clear, relevant, easily absorbed, and readily retained because it is tailored to each participant’s specific needs, abilities, and inclinations.

Halsey’s six-step ENGAGE Model replaces the old “sit ’n’ get” model with “woo ’n’ do”—learners are actively drawn in and perform activities that reinforce the learning. She presents hundreds of proven ideas, strategies, and practices that will enable you to Energize learners at the beginning of any learning session; help them Navigate the new content and Generate personal meaning and relevance from it; Apply their learning to the real world; Gauge and celebrate their progress; and Extend their learning to action.

Brilliance by Design offers a systematic way to reach joyfully into the soul of learners and facilitate their brilliance so they can make a positive difference in the world.

  • Published: 1 January 2018
  • ISBN: 9781605094229
  • Imprint: Berrett-Koehler
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 240
  • RRP: $32.99

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Praise for Brilliance By Design

“This is the book I have been waiting half my life for. Now millions of leaders, educators, coaches, therapists—all of us in the business of growing people—have an opportunity to read and apply it. It’s that essential, that important.” —Warren Bennis, Distinguished Professor of Business Administration, University of Southern California, and author of Still Surprised “Vicki Halsey is Blanchard’s master learning conductor. This book is a treasure for all of us who want to ‘borrow’ Vicki’s thirty years of innovative design and delivery experience!” —Ken and Margie Blanchard, bestselling authors and cofounders, The Ken Blanchard Companies “Vicki’s Brilliance Learning System plays a fundamental role in the creation of all our training. Her ENGAGE Model has enabled us to revolutionize the learner’s experience.” —Marcus Buckingham, New York Times bestselling author of Go Put Your Strengths to Work and CEO, TMBC Brilliance by Design is a contagious and disruptive book. Vicki’s deeply personal, passionate, and reality-based approach, complemented by emerging neurosciences, calls for a radical departure from traditional learning methods. It is an inspiration.”   —Bruce H. Price, MD, Chief, Department of Neurology, McLean Hospital, and Assistant Professor of Neurology, Harvard Medical School “Fresh, engaging, and spirited…connects us all to our innate brilliance and shows us how to bring out the best in ourselves and in others.”  —Lisa Dokos, Director, Leadership and Organization Development, GlaxoSmithKline “You will never teach the same way again!” —Keith Ferrazzi, CEO, Ferrazzi Greenlight, and author of Who’s Got Your Back and Never Eat Alone “Start a learning and performance revolution. Teach, learn, and lead so people release their brilliance with Vicki’s models, stories, and insights.”  —Marshall Goldsmith, world-renowned executive coach and author of the New York Times bestsellers Mojo and What Got You Here Won’t Get You There “Dr. Halsey reminds us that what is learned is more important than what is taught and that learning takes place in the heart and mind of the student, not the teacher.” —Sheldon Harris, former President, Cold Stone Creamery "This powerful book reminds us that every business, political, or nonprofit leader is a teacher while providing the necessary tools to unleash brilliance in way that excites, inspires, and empowers our people. Brilliance by Design could truly be the difference between success and failure. “ —Betsy Myers, former Executive Director, Harvard Kennedy School Center for Public Leadership “This is not a book about just training or teaching. It’s about touching lives, creating lasting confidence, and igniting people’s innate curiosity. If you are an educator, a consultant, a counselor, or a parent, or if you simply care about the personal and professional development of another, this is a must-read.” —Christopher Granger, Senior Vice President, Team Marketing and Business Operations, National Basketball Association “Teach anyone anything with Vicki’s Brilliance Learning System. I LUV it!” —Colleen Barrett, President Emeritus, Southwest Airlines, and coauthor of Lead with LUV “No fluff, no fantasy! If you want to expand your influence as a leader, learn from a rock star in the training community how to ENGAGE people. Vicki Halsey delivers a pow

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