What caused BlackBerry to go from must-have to mostly forgotten? What produced the catalog of Sears’ problems that led it to be replaced by Amazon? What ended Kodak’s moment and triggered its displacement by Fujifilm?

Companies that suffer these prominent deaths share one malady in common: They fail to learn — to learn how to adapt their organizations to the changing circumstances that they could see coming, to learn how to integrate knowledge across functions strategically, and to learn how to incentivize their teams to bring expertise from their work to create better solutions for the business. It’s time to upgrade your organization’s approach to learning — both because the possibility to do so is greater now than before and because more is at risk than before. We call the new model “future fit learning,” and it involves four processes: smart risk-taking, organizational (not just individual) learning, doing by learning, and making curiosity a core competency.

When you read our new report, Future Fit Organizations Learn To Win — Take Your Learning Model Beyond Skills Development To Organizationwide Learning (client only), you will learn what these processes are and how you can embrace them. Your improved approach to learning will show you where your organization needs to go, how it can get there, and what pieces need to come together for it to happen. In turn, it also powers the things that matter, including skills-based, context-aware, and timely training that supports organizational change; improved innovation readiness; and greater support for customer value.

Along the way, your organization will transform from siloed learning functions to integrated-but-trapped knowledge to free-flowing knowledge (see figure). Our report will help you set a plan to get to that advanced maturity.

Clients: Read the report, then schedule an inquiry call with myself (Katy) and my coauthor Chris Gilchrist so we can get you started. In the meantime, read this report on measuring change management from our ongoing series on organizational learning.

Nonclients: We’d love your feedback and your questions — look for us on LinkedIn.