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New York Metropolitan Association of Applied Psychology

The Taboo of Ambition

  • 16 Dec 2019
  • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • NYU Wasserman Career Center

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The personality trait most linked to career success is Ambition. Despite this, academic psychology has largely ignored and stigmatized ambition. This talk does three things. First, it defines Ambition and highlights the consequences of ignoring it. Second, the talk describes how factor models of personality, such as the Big 5 and HEXACO models, fail to account for Ambition. Third, the talk describes the reputational and work performance correlates of Ambition, showing clear differentiation from Extraversion and Conscientiousness. The talk concludes with the practical consequences of continued ignorance of Ambition and recommendations for practitioners.

Presenter Bio

As Hogan’s Chief Science Officer, Dr. Ryne Sherman is responsible for managing the primary functions within Hogan’s industry-leading research department, including client research, product development and maintenance, and Hogan’s research archive and infrastructure.

Ryne’s previous research in personality psychology focused on the role of personality in career pursuits and workplace performance, particularly in defining personality, examining the consequences of personality for life and career outcomes, and the assessment and measurement of personality and individual differences. He has also researched and experimented with new approaches to personality assessment, including unobtrusive assessment via new talent signals, such as voice prosody, word use, and affective responses to stimuli. In addition, he has a keen interest in data analytics, including profile approaches to data analysis and machine-learning approaches to big data, making him a perfect fit to manage Hogan’s extensive research archive consisting of billions of data points.

Ryne brings a background in academia to Hogan, having previously served as a Professor of Psychology at Texas Tech University and Florida Atlantic University, where he was recognized as the FAU College of Science Distinguished Teacher of the Year in 2013. His research on the psychological properties of situations and their interaction with personality has been awarded federal support from the National Science Foundation, and in 2016 he was named a “Rising Star” by the Association for Psychological Science. In addition, he received the SAGE Young Scholars Award in 2018 for his research concerning person-situation transactions, and how people navigate their social worlds on a daily basis.

Ryne received his B.A. in Psychology and History from Monmouth College, and completed his Ph.D. in Personality/Social Psychology from the University of California, Riverside. He has authored more than 50 scientific papers, of which several have received significant national and international media exposure. He is also a valuable asset to Hogan’s Marketing & Communications Department, having interviewed for multiple print/online outlets and podcasts, as well as a regularly published guest author for a variety of publications.

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