identifying areas of personal strength and building positive self-perception.

Utilise qualitative feedback provided by others who know you well about you at a time when you have been at your best (your “best self”)
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Important Points –
• Use only UTS Harvard Style Referencing
• Literature needs to be from the 4 articles mentioned and +3 to 4 of our own articles.
• Appendix is necessary
• I have attached the 4 articles and E mails from friends in a single PDF to get my strengths.
• Summary table needs to be included.
• Point 5 in Analyse section, needs to have a table with 3 columns.

Aim: The aim of this assignment is to promote self-reflection and mindfulness by identifying areas of personal strength and building positive self-perception. While it concentrates on ‘best-self’, it should be recognised that ‘less ideal or not so positive’ moments are integral to developing a picture of one’s self and in building resilience. Hence, this assignment should not be viewed as the entire self-portrait, even though it is a critical component of self-esteem.

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Details: Some of the world’s leading positive psychologist and organisational development experts developed the Reflected Best Self (RBS) exercise, making it a powerful, well-designed tool for learning. RBS is one of the most powerful exercises for developing a deeper level understanding of one’s own strengths and virtues required for developing ‘leadership capabilities’. The exercise is both challenging and insightful and its completion requires a series of steps.

Notes: The exercise will require you to receive feedback from people who know you well. You should be aware that these people will be sharing a story about you. These stories will serve as the backbone of your paper. At first, you may feel awkward or uncomfortable doing this, but you will find people are usually willing to share their ideas about you.


A. Identify at the very least 10 people who know you well (work colleagues – current and/or former; family, friends, and peers). Aim for people who will provide the most honest answer, and who know you in different contexts to give a broad range of perceptions and experiences. You must have at least 10 people respond to ensure this exercise is of greatest value.

B. Compose and send an email request inviting these individuals to contribute THREE stories that describe how YOU add value and make important contributions. An example of this email is provided at the conclusion of this assignment brief.

C. Analyse:

1. Print out and read all of the 30+ stories received via email from your colleagues. As you read the responses, highlight key words and phrases that represent your strengths. Then, start developing some notes of common themes emerging across all responses (these themes represent your STRENGTHS)

2. You should also make notes on those things that surprised you about how people see you, and those things that did not surprise you as much. This information will be useful later when you write your reflection.

3. As you do your analyses, develop a table (this will be your FULL RESULTS TABLE) of all the themes/strengths that emerge from your data. Use a tally count system to count up the number of occurrences for each theme in your data, and record this on your table.

4. Once this is finished, you should decide HOW MANY STRENGTHS/THEMES you think are important enough to include in your SUMMARY TABLE in your report. If you only have a few counts on your tally, you might want to consider if this is really a STRENGTH or not.

5. Record your KEY STRENGTHS in your final report in the Findings section via your SUMMARY RESULTS TABLE. This table is included in your word count and will have three columns: –

• “Emergent themes” – the KEY themes (strengths) that emerged from your data analysis;
• “Specific statements” – Examples/quotes from your respondents that represent each theme
(you should aim for 3-4 quotes at least)
• “My interpretation”- You should include here your interpretation of each of your themes (so, one interpretation entry per theme, not one interpretation entry per example/quote!)

Now, write up your assignment (word counts below are a rough guide only):

Introduction (approx 300 words): Provide an introduction where you offer an overview of the structure of your report including your literature review, method, findings, reflection and conclusion.

Critical literature review (approx 1500 words): Write a critical review of the literature on Positive Psychology and strengths and the RBS exercise. Your review must critique the articles provided as well as covering the literature on STRENGTHS and the RBS.

To reduce the occurrences of plagiarism and duplicate reviews from current and past students, each student will be provided with a list of journal articles for their review. You may then add up to 4-5 additional articles from your own research. With the exception of the literature relating to the RBS exercise, you should NOT USE THE ARTICLES PROVIDED IN THE SUBJECT OUTLINE/UTS ONLINE for your critical review.

Method (approx 300 words): Your method section should describe your process of sending emails, number of emails sent, responses received, a description of who your respondents are, how you decided theme names, how you decided which themes were “KEY THEMES” and how the responses were analysed.

Findings (approx 700 words): Your findings section should provide an overview of the key themes revealed along with examples. This section should include your SUMMARY RESULTS TABLE, summarising your key themes according to the three columns outlined in (5) above.

Reflection (approx 500 words): In your reflection section, you should evaluate your findings (do not reflect on your findings in the “Findings” section!) Discuss your internal reaction to the process, including how this process might have changed you, along with ideas about how you might further develop or leverage the strengths have been revealed through the process. As you complete this part, it is good to reflect on the following in your answer (These questions were developed by Laura Morgan-Roberts and her colleagues at Michigan University’s Centre for Positive Organizational Scholarship), you do not need to answer all these questions, but give them some thought:

• Who am I at my best?
• How do I define best, and how do others define best? How do I reconcile any inconsistencies between how I define best, and others define it?
• What are the commonalities and inconsistencies across the different stories?
• Whose feedback matters most, and why?
• Are there any new insights gained from the RBS exercise? (i.e. I did not think about this)
• What has been reinforced about me because of the RBS? (i.e. I thought this about myself, but it’s good to know its validated by others)
• What are the enablers and barriers to being my best self both personal (such as behaviours, beliefs, thoughts, and cognitions), and situational (such as organisational systems, practices, routines) etc.
Finish your reflection section with a “Best Self Vision Statement”. This statement takes into account your RBS analysis. As you write, think about the following questions:

• Given my RBS analysis, what strengths and capabilities can help me tap my potential?
• What makes me unique and what do I want my contribution to be?
• What standards will I use to define success in my professional life?
• How will I need to organise my life to live up to these standards? What are the trade-offs?

Conclusion (approx 200 words): Your paper should conclude with a brief review of the structure of the report, method, findings and reflections.


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