Portrait and Best-self Stories Essay

5765 Words Nov 17th, 2012 24 Pages
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
We wish to acknowledge our collaborators, Brianna Barker Caza, Ph.D., and Emily Heaphy, Ph.D., for their contributions to our ongoing research on the Reflected Best Self Exercise™ (RBSE™). This research served as the inspiration and conceptual anchor for this exercise. We thank Jennifer Suesse for her collaboration on the Bringing My Reflected Best Self to Life action steps, which inspired Phase 2 in this edition of the exercise. We thank the Stephen M. Ross School of Business for its continued support of the Center for Positive Organizational Scholarship. We appreciate the questions and comments we have received from those who have completed and/or facilitated the RBSE™. Thank you for sharing how you have brought your
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Some of the important updates were to:

• Highlight unique attributes of the RBSE™, such as the use of stories, an emphasis on strengths exclusively, and solicitation of respondents from all contexts of the participant’s life • Instruct participants to write personal best-self stories to consider with the reflected best-self stories • Provide more instruction on the analysis of best-self stories individually and in aggregate • Incorporate action-planning activities into the RBSE™ to help participants identify developmental goals that relate to the best self • Combine the best of the original Reflected Best Self Exercise: Assignment and Instructions to Participants and the Bringing My Reflected Best Self to Life booklet previously published separately • Honor wisdom gained by facilitators and users over the years since first publication

REFLECTED BEST SELF EXERCISE™

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TABLE OF CONTENTS
Participant Instructions ..................................................................................... 1

Phase 1: Creating the Reflected Best-Self Portrait
Step 1: Identify Potential Respondents................................................................. 1, 2 Step 2: Request Reflected Best-Self Stories ......................................................... 2, 3 Step 3: Write Your Own

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