In elementary school I suffered from severe dyslexia and had been held back a few grades. As you can imagine, studying is hard when the words in a book don’t make sense. My future was looking pretty bleak when one of my teachers decided to take me under his wing for one-on-one tutoring. We began a year’s worth of flash card drills and compensatory brain training. Incredibly, not only did I catch up under his tutelage, I became an A student, graduating high school with a 4.0 GPA and attending college on a presidential scholarship . With that lucky break, I supported myself by establishing and running a series of tutoring centers in college for struggling students.
I have from that early age been fascinated with how we acquire new knowledge with our minds. As a serial entrepreneur of 25 years and 5 companies, when I came across Amplifire, I immediately recognized that this was the opportunity of a lifetime to help people and organizations leverage the enormous breakthroughs in the brain science of human learning to radically improve performance.
Managers and instructors can’t see gaps and misinformation hidden in the neurons of their people even though the competency of their people is their key asset. So they use PowerPoint, video, and classroom lectures to the tune of billions annually in the hope that it will make a difference. That kind of passive learning would surely not have gotten me to college, or perhaps even to high school. Until now, managers and instructors have not had a tool to understand how information is held in the mind, nor an effective tool to guide it. Amplifire is that tool, and it’s why I’m so excited about the future of learning.
In most organizations, the human component is the most integral and expensive part of the operation. Organizations can now attain something that was simply not possible a few years ago. They can become true learning organizations that use sophisticated software to radically improve the knowledge of their workers and the confidence with which they wield it.
Today, you would never travel far without a GPS. Five years from now, I believe that every organization that hopes to compete and succeed will have no choice but to take advantage of learning platforms like Amplifire as a strategic imperative.