Reflected Best Self Exercise™
The Reflected Best Self Exercise™ enables people to identify their unique strengths and talents, making it an excellent tool for personal development. Each participant requests positive feedback from significant people in his or her life and then synthesizes it into a cumulative portrait of his or her “best self.”
The 2nd Edition of the Reflected Best Self Exercise™ features the most useful elements of the booklet Bringing My Reflected Best Self to Life, which was retired in 2011.
Born from empirical research from University of Michigan’s Center for Positive Organizations, the Reflected Best Self Exercise™ uses stories collected from people in all contexts of your life to help you understand and articulate who you are and how you contribute when you are at your best. With these new insights, you will feel immediately strengthened and connected to others, experience clarity about who you are at your best, and refine personal development goals to be your best self more often. The Reflected Best Self Exercise™ guides you step-by-step through the process of identifying potential respondents, making the requests for feedback, creating a prior best-self portrait, analyzing your reflected best-self stories, creating a new, reflected best-self portrait, and translating that portrait into proactive steps for living at your best.
A teaching note and preview copy are available at no cost to instructors who order the Reflected Best Self Exercise™ . The teaching note provides information about the objectives behind the Reflected Best Self Exercise™ and includes suggestions for debriefing it in class.
For a teaching note and preview copy, please contact POSfirstname.lastname@example.org.
The Reflected Best Self Exercise™ (RBSE) is an ideal tool for anyone who wants to better understand their strengths and how they can be leveraged. Organizations and individuals use the RBSE in the following ways:
- Classroom exercise: Instructors use the RBSE to help their students identify their strengths and how they can be uniquely applied to their areas of interest.
- One-on-one coaching: Coaches guide clients through the RBSE to help people recognize instances of when they were at their best.
- Group workshops: Organizations invite employees to participate in the RBSE to better understand how their best self can contribute to the team and the organization as a whole.
- Self-development: Individuals can use the RBSE as a tool to gauge their best self and determine how to best utilize their strengths.
The Reflective Best Self Exercise™ (RBSE) has been used by over 26,000 people including world leading universities and Fortune 500 companies.
- Spreitzer, G., Stephens, J.P., & Sweetman, D. (2009). The Reflected Best Self field experiment with adolescent leaders: exploring the psychological resources associated with feedback source and valence. The Journal of Positive Psychology, 4(5), 331-348.
- Roberts, L., Dutton, J., Spreitzer, G., Heaphy, E., & Quinn, R. (2005). Composing the reflected best self portrait: Building pathways for becoming extraordinary in work organizations. Academy of Management Review, 30(4), 712-736.
- Adam Grant, “A Better Way to Discover Your Strengths,” Adam Grant (blog), Linked In, July 1, 2013.