Be Reflective

Taking the time to stop and think in the midst of your busy day-to-day life is important for your personal and professional growth. Reflecting on your accomplishments and experiences, opportunities for growth, and lessons learned – or asking for feedback from someone who knows you well – can help you discover what you do really well and where you want to go next in your career path. Check out the resources and tools below to help you be reflective.

Mindful-Attention Awareness Scale (developed by Kirk Warren Brown, Ph.D. & Richard M. Ryan, Ph.D.): Use this scale to answer questions about your day-to-day experiences. To score the scale, add up the numbers selected for each statement and divide by 15 to get an average. Higher scores reflect higher levels of daily mindfulness. Using the statements on the inventory, identify other areas or aspects of life where you may need to be more reflective, intentional, and mindful on a daily basis.

Career Assessments: For some individuals, taking a career assessment such as the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, Strengths Finder, or the Strong Interest Inventory can prompt reflection around career interests, strengths, and goals.

Asking for and Reflecting on Feedback: Use the exercise in this worksheet to practice being proactive in asking for feedback as well as reflecting on what it was like to receive feedback. This may be useful as you consider asking a mentor, colleague, or manager for feedback.

Lean In Lecture Series, By Kym Ward Gaffney, Coaching Leader, PwC and Michael Fenlon, Global Talent Leader, PwC, “Focusing on Feedback”