Reflected Best Self Exercise™
The Reflected Best Self Exercise™ (RBSE) is a feedback seeking exercise that helps you identify and understand your unique strengths and talents. After you gather feedback from significant people in your life, the RBSE guides you through the process of creating a portrait of your best self and an action plan for leveraging your strengths.
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.
Use of the RBSE involves a license fee. For an additional fee, the Center for Positive Organizations (CPO) can manage the data collection process for more than 10 participants.
As the administrator, CPO will:
- Work with clients to customize the timeline and messaging
- Provide an online system for participants and feedback givers to input relevant information
- Collect feedback stories, monitor submissions against the pre-determined timeline, and send reminders as necessary
- Deliver full set of feedback stories as an individual report for each participant
- Provide administrative and technical support to the clients, participants, and feedback story writers
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- Academic/non-profit: $9.00 (per participant)
- Standard/corporate: $15.00 (per participant)
License + Service Fees (for 10+ participants)
- Academic/non-profit: $9.00 + $21.00 (per participant)
- Standard/corporate: $15.00 + $50.00 (per participant)
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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 use the RBSE to help clients 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 use the RBSE as a tool to gauge their best self and determine how to best utilize their strengths.
The Reflected Best Self Exercise™ (RBSE) has been used by over 26,000 people including world leading universities and Fortune 500 companies. Supporting research includes:
- Gino, F. (2016, April 25). Teams who share personal stories are more effective. Retrieved December 19, 2016, from Harvard Business Review.
- Lee, Julia J., Francesca Gino, Daniel M. Cable, and Bradley R. Staats. “Preparing the Self for Team Entry: How Relational Affirmation Improves Team Performance.” Harvard Business School Working Paper, No. 16-111, April 2016.
- Nelson, C. B. (2015, November 1). Latest research says praising employees boosts productivity after all. Forbes.
- Cable, Daniel M., Jooa Julia Lee, Francesca Gino, and Bradley R. Staats. “How Best-Self Activation Influences Emotions, Physiology and Employment Relationships.” Harvard Business School Working Paper, No. 16-029, September 2015.
- 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.
- Morgan Roberts, L., Spreitzer, G., Dutton, J. E., Quinn, R. E., Heaphy, E., & Barker, B. (2005). How to Play to Your Strengths. Harvard Business Review.