Use these practical examples of phrases, sample comments and templates for your performance review, 360 feedback survey or manager appraisal. 

The following examples not only relate to innovation but also about creativity, encourage out the boxing thinking, strategically minded, high level thinking, idea generation, and nurturing right brain thought.

Example Phrases to say

You’re doing great”:

  • You often think out of the box, regularly coming up with efficiencies and streamlining procedures without prompting. Keep it up!
  • You always think of ways to make tasks simpler and easier to complete.
  • coming up with a lot of new and unique ideas is really difficult, yet somehow you constantly push the fold, regularly coming up with ways to improve company processes. You’re well on your way to being the next thing! Well done!!
  • You always connect the dots and make connections between previously unrelated notions. You think logically and practically and you can visualise processes without any hassle. Really a unique skill to possess.
  • You are a real asset to the team and often you bring original value added ideas and contributions to every brainstorming meeting.
  • You came with a wealth of experience and often you bring creative ideas to the table. You’re a great innovator and you often bring unique ideas to the table.
  • You have great judgement about which creative ideas and suggestions will work in the future and which will not. This comes with your wealth of invaluable experience. Well done!
  • You have a great sense about managing the creative process of others. Well done!
  • You always facilitate effective brainstorming so that it is beneficial to both the company and to the individuals involved. Well done!
  • You can easily see how potential ideas may play out in the marketplace and you effectively know which will work and which won’t.


  • You tend to resist considering new ways of streamlining processes. Try not to be afraid of change, rather embrace it. Often it will make your workload less, which will lead to less stress.
  • You come up with new problem solving methods and respond to directives only when deadlines are near. While it’s brilliant that you are able to come up with new problem solving methods, try come up with them well in advance of the deadlines.
  • When your co-workers suggest and demonstrate new production efficiencies, embrace their ideas and try them out. if they don’t work out, it can serve as a learning curve for both you and your colleagues.
  • You tend to miss innovation opportunities when they are presented to you. You need to be proactive and spot when an opportunity presents itself.
  • Being narrow minded, cautious and conservative does not constitute for an innovative and forward thinking company. If you struggle with this reach out for help from someone who is thinks out of the box.
  • Try get out of the comfort zone and take a couple of risks. The rewards may be worth it.
  • you tend to avoid risk and you often seek being bold or different. Try stand up and be different you never know until you try.
  • You tend to be a right hand thinker too often. Try be a little more creative with your thinking. if you struggle with this maybe it is wise to seek someone from another department that is more creative and learn from them?
  • Often you use old solutions to new problems. This can be good, however technology is evolving at such a rapid rate that there might be some new solutions available. Keep up with the trends
  • You tend to shun out the creative drive and only seek the most logical solutions. remember creativity leads to innovation!


  • Try to seek out new ideas from the people around you. schedule brainstorming meetings and open the floor to discussions.
  • Always acknowledge staff members who generate new ideas. This will nurture a work environment that encourages innovation and creativity.
  • While it is great that you establish procedures that are simple and innovative, it’s important to gain approval before doing so, as new procedures may confuse and disrupt workflows initially.
  • Try to encourage creativity and independent thought amongst your colleagues. People tend to thrive in environments that value self driven employees.
  • Try increase resource and time spent on idea generation. Its really important for the ongoing development of the company.
  • You need to develop a really deep and platonic understanding of your customers. this help us understand what it is they are looking for and we can innovate to suit their needs.
  • Nurturing a company culture that thrives on creativity and innovation is vital to idea generation and transformation.
  • Creative thought allows you to to plan for the unexpected, put contingency plans in place and plan for the worst.
  • Try maintain a workspace that is free and clear of clutter, it’ll help nurture the creative process a bit better.
  • Remember to take the time analyzing the effectiveness of the idea generation. put metrics in place to aid you in tracking results.