The Reflective Journal by Barbara Bassot
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I would probably never have bought this book without a recommendation, but now I am very thankful to a person who was promoting this book non-stop.
The Reflective Journal offers a range of tools for self-reflection, mostly in a professional setting. What does it mean to be a professional? How to manage emotions at work? How to reflect on those emotions and make the right conclusions? How to manage stress? How to reflect on your own actions and reactions? How to supervise? How to survive in a team? How to give and accept feedback? And most importantly - how to move forward.
The tone of the book doesn't remind a cult, as some of the other books on leadership and self-management; it is rather an introduction to a conversation with yourself where there are no truths, just your own interpretations.
Some of the content might seem as self-reflection for dummies, but only because it is structured in a way of introducing the idea to those who never wrote a self-reflecting journal, even if they reflect a lot in their own heads. I would still recommend reading the whole book without skipping "the obvious" in order to understand the steps of the professional self-reflection and fill in the gaps that you might be doing.
I wish someone would have shown me this book in my early twenties - would have saved me a lot of time and trouble. But I guess it's never too late.
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