Kylemore: Unleashing Your Creative Genius

Professor Sam Miller discusses how to develop and sharpen the skills and behaviors that drive creativity and entrepreneurial innovation for general business and innovation-minded people looking to grow creatively. In his lectures, he incorporates the seven Da Vincian principles as laid out in the reading from How to Think Like Leonardo Da Vinci: Seven Steps to Genius Every Day by Michael J. Gelb.

Read the event recap, watch the video, or listen to the podcast below.


  • Curiosity, imagination, and restlessness are key pillars in unleashing creative genius (6:00)
  • “At the intersection of curiosity, imagination, and restlessness is where magic happens” (Sam Miller, 6:40)
  • Creative people ask questions that others tend to overlook (10:50)
  • “It’s not just about imagining new ideas, but it’s about combining ideas that are imaginative” (Sam Miller, 15:49)
  • Each person has the ability to get better at creativity (33:40)
  • “I think that creative freedom is something that absolutely needs to endure, but we are seeing restrictions on ideas” (Sam Miller, 45:50)
  • Innovation and creativity has the power to be a force for good (48:50)

Event Recap

The fourth and final virtual event of the Anticipatory Innovation- Capitalizing on Change in Turbulent Times featured a discussion around creativity and entrepreneurship. This event was moderated by Lisa Caulfield, Director of the Global Centre at Kylemore, and featured Sam Miller, Director of Undergraduate Studies – Innovation & Entrepreneurship and Associate Teaching Professor, Mendoza College of Business. Miller shared a presentation and answered questions from participants about how creativity is essential to entrepreneurship and innovation. Miller focused on three characteristics needed to unleash creative genius, curiosity, imagination, and restlessness. These traits are part of what Miller calls the Entrepreneurial Foresight Model.

Curiosity, imagination, and restlessness together lead to creative ideas. Each individual has these traits, but they are not always fully developed or acted on, and they can become dampened as we grow older. The first trait, curiosity, relates to someone’s strong desire to understand, learn or know something. Creative entrepreneurs often ask the questions that other people do not ask or are afraid to ask. Our brain likes to categorize information, which helps the brain work faster and optimize productivity. However, if this happens, one can miss out on other curiosities or missing information. Having what Miller calls an “inquisitive peripheral vision” can help lead to answering new questions that are otherwise overlooked, and discover new possibilities otherwise missed.

The second trait in the Entrepreneurial Foresight Model is imagination. Children often have an immense amount of imagination that often gets squandered out by the time adulthood is reached. Miller offers a few ways to help grow imagination. One way is through the idea of kaleidoscopic thinking, or combining ideas that others may not have thought to combine. This leads to new ways of thinking and new possibilities. Miller believes creative thinkers are not afraid to traverse new spaces or the unknown with a free imagination.

The final trait in the Entrepreneurial Foresight Model is restlessness.or the inability to remain still in thinking, creation, or some other action. According to Miller, restless people have a sense of urgency and a maker instinct that drives them to learn and discover new things. Miller asserts that these three traits are something that can be improved in an individual overtime with practice. Miller believes that creative freedom and innovation can create positive changes in society and should endure as a force for good.

This event concluded with a short breakout session for viewers to meet and further discuss what Miller offered in his presentation as well as their own personal thoughts on creativity and its relation to innovation.

View the discussion recorded on Wednesday, March 3, 2021, with Sam Miller, Director of the Undergraduate Studies for the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Minor, Associate Teaching Professor, Management & Organization. 

Listen to the discussion wherever, whenever, on The ThinkND Podcast:

Other recaps:

Part 3: Kylemore: Is the Future of Work Remote?
Part 1: Kylemore: Setting the Stage for Future-Oriented Leadership

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