Reflected Best Self (RBS) Exercise â€“Â Instructions/Worksheet
â€œÂ While people remember criticism, they respond to praise.â€
Step 1:Â Identify Respondents and Ask for Feedback
You are to identifyÂ at leastÂ four (4) people, in and out of the work environment, who know you well enough to provide feedback on your strengths.Â Ask these individuals if they will be willing to participate on your behalf.
By gathering input from a variety of sourcesâ€” past and present colleagues, teachers, friends, family, and so onâ€”you can develop a much broader and richer understanding of yourself.Â Identify who is included in your assessment, adding lines as neededÂ (First name, Last initial, and Role; reflecting work & non-work settings):
Ask these individuals to provide information about 2-3 of your key strengths, accompanied by specific examples of moments when you have used those strengths in ways that were meaningful to them.
E-mail is an effective way of doing this, not only because it is comfortable and fast but also because it is easy to cut and paste responses into an analysis table as is shown in Step 2.
Step 2: Recognize Patterns
Search for common themes among the feedback, adding to the examples with observations of your own. Then organize all the input into a table like the sample shown below.Â Stick to ~3 key themes.
Step 3: Compose Your Self-Portrait
Write a description of yourself that summarizes and distills the accumulated information. The description should weave themes from the feedback together with your self-observations into a composite of who you are at your best. The self-portrait is not designed to be a complete psychological and cognitive profile. Rather, it should be an insightful image that you can use as a reminder of your previous contributions and as a guide for future action. The portrait itself should not be a set of bullet points but rather a prose composition beginning with the phrase, â€œÂ When I am at my best, Iâ€¦Â â€
The process of writing a fullÂ narrativeÂ cements the image of your best self in your consciousness. The narrative form also helps you draw connections between the themes in your life that may previously have seemed disjointed or unrelated. Composing the portrait takes time and demands careful consideration, but at the end of this process, you should come away with a rejuvenated image of who you are. This portion should beÂ 1.5 to 2Â (of the 3) pagesÂ .
Step 4:Â Leverage Your Best Self
TheÂ fourthÂ step of the assignment is to explain how the strengths that were identified could be put into play in your current position (and/or a job youâ€™re aspiring to hold in the future).Â BE SPECIFIC.
Please noteÂ : This tool is not designed to stroke your ego â€“ it is designed to support you in developing a plan for acting more effectively by leveraging your strengths and mitigating potential weaknesses. Commit and follow-through. Later in the class, your teammates will be expecting you to contribute within the areas of your strengths!
This is an individual assignment. The final length of the paper should be 3 pages total.
Here are the detailed specifications:
Â· No less than 2.5 pages, no more than 3 pages
Â· No more than 1â€ margins and no less than Â½â€
Â· Line spacing no more than 1.5 and no less than 1.08
Reflected Best Self (RBS)Â Grading Rubric
(A larger, more visible version is available in Canvas)
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