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PELL, Arthur R. 1920-

PERSONAL: Born January 22, 1920, in New York, NY; son of Harry and Rae (Meyers) Pell; married Erica Frost (a music teacher), May 19, 1946; children: Douglas, Hilary. Education: New York University, B.A., 1939, M.A., 1944; Cornell University, Professional Diploma, 1943; California Coast University, Ph.D., 1977.

ADDRESSES: Home and office—111 Dietz St., Hempstead, NY 11550.

CAREER: Eagle Electric Manufacturing Co., Long Island, NY, personnel manager, 1946-50; North Atlantic Construction Co., New York, NY, personnel manager, 1950-53; Harper Associates (personnel consultants), New York, NY, vice-president, 1953-73; consultant in human resources management in Long Island, 1975—. Professor of management in evening classes at City College of the City University of New York, 1947-67. Adjunct professor of management at New York University, 1960-81, and St. John's University, 1971-77. Military service: U.S. Army, 1942-46; became warrant officer.

AWARDS, HONORS: Embracing Excellence named one of the Top 30 Business Books of 2002, by Soundview Executive Book Summaries.


Placing Salesmen, Impact Publishers (San Ramon, CA), 1963.

(With Walter Patterson) Fire Officers Guide to Leadership, privately printed, 1963.

Placing Executives, Impact Publishers (San Ramon, CA), 1964.

Police Leadership, C. C. Thomas (Springfield, IL), 1967.

(With Maxwell Harper) How to Get the Job You Want after Forty, Pilot Books (Babylon, NY), 1967.

Recruiting and Selecting Personnel, Simon & Schuster (New York, NY), 1969.

(With Harper) Starting and Managing an Employment Agency, U.S. Small Business Administration (Washington, DC), 1971.

Advancing Your Career (home study program), Management Games Institute, 1971.

College Graduate Guide to Job Finding, Simon & Schuster (New York, NY), 1973.

Recruiting, Training and Motivating Volunteer Workers, Pilot Books (Babylon, NY), 1973.

Interviewing and Selecting Sales, Advertising and Marketing Personnel, Personnel Publications, 1974, revised edition, 1981.

Be a Better Employment Interviewer, Personnel Publications, 1974, second revised edition, 1994.

(With Wilma Rogalin) Women's Guide to Management Positions, Simon & Schuster (New York, NY), 1975.

(With Albert Furbay) The College Student Guide to Career Planning, Simon & Schuster (New York, NY), 1975.

Managing through People, Simon & Schuster (New York, NY), 1975, revised edition, 1987.

Choosing a College Major: Business, McKay (New York, NY), 1978.

Enrich Your Life the Dale Carnegie Way, Dale Carnegie & Associates (Garden City, NY), 1979.

Interviewing and Selecting Engineering and Computer Personnel, Personnel Publications, 1980.

(Editor) Dale Carnegie, How to Win Friends and Influence People, revised edition (Pell was not associated with previous edition), Simon & Schuster (New York, NY), 1981.

(With George Sadek) Resumes for Engineers, Simon & Schuster (New York, NY), 1982.

Interviewing and Selecting Financial and Data Processing Personnel, Personnel Publications, 1982.

How to Sell Yourself on an Interview, Simon & Schuster (New York, NY), 1982.

(With Sadek) Resumes for Computer Professionals, Simon & Schuster (New York, NY), 1984.

The Part-Time Job Book, Simon & Schuster (New York, NY), 1984.

Making the Most of Medicare, Prentice-Hall (Englewood Cliffs, NJ), 1987, revised edition, Chronimed, 1990.

How to Be a Successful Supervisor, Dun & Bradstreet (New York, NY), 1988.

Diagnosing Your Doctor, Chronimed, 1991.

The Supervisor's Infobank: 1000 Quick Answers to Your Toughest Problems, McGraw-Hill (New York, NY), 1994.

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Managing People, Macmillan (New York, NY), 1995.

The Pocket Idiot's Guide to One Minute Managing, Macmillan (New York, NY), 1999.

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Team Building, Macmillan (New York, NY), 1999.

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Recruiting the Right Stuff, Macmillan (New York, NY), 2000.

(With Franklin C. Ashby) Embracing Excellence: Become an Employer of Choice to Attract and Keep the Best Talent, Prentice-Hall (Englewood Cliffs, NJ), 2001.

Author of audiocassettes, including The Job Finders Program, Prentice Hall, 1989; Getting the Most from Your People (published in Japanese), Prentice Hall, 1990; and The 21 Keys to Success Achievement, ICCT, 1998. Also author of "Career Aid Pamphlets" series for Personnel Publications, syndicated monthly feature "The Human Side," published in eighty periodicals, Dale Carnegie Associates, Inc., 1987-94. Contributor of more than one hundred articles to trade and professional magazines, including syndicated newspaper series, "When Your Husband Loses His Job," 1971.

SIDELIGHTS: Arthur R. Pell has authored or edited dozens of books about business management, including several in the "Complete Idiot's Guide" series. Pell, who is the senior vice president of the New Yorkbased Leadership Capital Group, specializes in the human resources field, and many of his works concentrate on this area of business management. He has also given many lectures on the subject. Born in 1920 in New York City, Pell began publishing books in 1963 with his debut work, Placing Salesmen, and the privately published Fire Officers Guide to Leadership.

An example of Pell's later work is his 2001 book, Embracing Excellence: Become an Employer of Choice to Attract and Keep the Best Talent, which he coauthored with Franklin C. Ashby. The critically lauded book offers advice to employers on how to recruit and retain exemplary employees, which the authors feel is a major challenge facing the corporate world. The book describes how companies can use a system Pell and Ashby developed called the Organizational MRI, which is designed to analyze corporate culture and show its relationship to employee retention. They also offer advice on how to find talented workers, as well as use effective screening procedures during the interviewing process. The book includes helpful lists of publications and Web sites that employers can use to find information about human resources, jobs, careers, and management.

Several critics lauded Embracing Excellence. Lucy Heckman of Library Journal called it "a practical and informative guide to strategies employers can use." Similarly, a contributor for Publishers Weekly referred to the book as "a solid reference for managers and HR professionals."

Pell once told CA: "The mission of my writing is to utilize my God-given talents to help others identify, develop, and make the most of their capabilities in their work and in their lives."



Library Journal, October 1, 2001, p. 116.

Publishers Weekly, August 27, 2001, p. 72.

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