Fosbury Flop

If you have ever attended one of our IDEAWorks® workshops or Open-Mic events, it’s quite likely that you have seen the ‘Fosbury Flop’ video! It may seem like a simple thing… A young man jumping over a bar, but what seems like an effortless act was actually a lesson that can be used when it comes to creativity and innovation!

In the article ‘Why Innovators Need to Think Like Dick Fosbury’, which is not a newly posted article, but is full of pertinent information, the author Patrick Lefler describes how jumping over the bar, backwards, not only influenced the way high jumps would be done, forever, but how the new technique known as the ‘Fosbury Flop’ was innovative. He took a risk, rejecting the old approach to high jumping, making himself a champion athlete and inspiration.

What’s the lesson? Like Fosbury, we need to recognize and act on changes, think different (as Apple says), and exploit value from change that others have overlooked. Click here to read the entire Fosbury story and be motivated to ‘change the game’.

– DeAndra Clark

“You have to learn the rules of the game. And then you have to play better than anyone else.”

~Albert Einstein


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