About Pierce J. Howard

Most recent edition of Pierce's "brain book"
Most recent edition of Pierce's "brain book"

               Pierce graduated from Davidson College with a B.A. in 1963.  After a three-year tour of duty with the U.S. Army, he completed his Ph.D. in 1971 at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. An organizational consultant for 40 years, he currently is Managing Director of Research and Development at the Center for Applied Cognitive Studies, Charlotte NC USA. He is a member of the American Psychological Association, the International Society for the Study of Individual Differences, and the Carolinas Organization Development Network. Books include The Owner’s Manual for the Brain: (2006; 3rd edition), The Owner’s Manual for Personality at Work (2001), Professional Manual for the WorkPlace Big Five ProFile (2009), and Professional Manual for the SchoolPlace Big Five ProFile (2007). He has taught Organization Development at the University of NorthCarolina at Charlotte, Queens College (Charlotte), and Pfeiffer University (Charlotte campus).  Interests include chamber and choral music, crafts, and camping.

               What The Owner’s Manual for Personality did for human resource professionals in the workplace, The Owner’s Manual for Personality from 12 to 22 does for those who work with adolescents in the schoolplace. What prompted this new book (to be published in 2010) is the recent launch of the SchoolPlace Big Five Profile, which is normed on 1,600 twelve- to twenty-two-year-olds from both private and public, secondary and higher education, across the United States. This book both updates and expands the material and scope from the earlier book, while applying what we know about the Big Five to working with teenagers. Topics covered include learning styles, classroom behaviors, student leadership, relationships, dealing with conflict, career planning, plus detailed discussions of the SchoolPlace Big Five Profile 4.0 supertraits and subtraits (which parallel the WorkPlace Big Five Profile 4.0 supertraits and subtraits). Extensive use of case studies makes the book clearly application oriented. The primary audience for the book includes educators, counselors, and parents, while the secondary audience is the students themselves, from 12 to 22.

First edition of the "Big Five" book for the workplace.
First edition of the "Big Five" book for the workplace.


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  1. This is a very informative volume on a subject very dear to me. Congratulations on a fine book. I would like to contact the acquisitions editor at Bard Press. Would you be able to give me that information and a confirmation that they should be contacted in Austin, TX.?

    Continued “good skill” as you pursue the science of brain study and research.
    With best regards and thank you in advance for your help, Sophie Pace in Cleveland, Ohio

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  3. Mr. Howard: Are you the same Pierce Howard I met at Gracia Wiley’s 85th birthday celebration when we discussing Meadows of Dan Va.. I f so I did not know you were so famous when I saw the article in the Observer by Karen Garloch on Tuesday 11/26/13.

  4. Oh, yes, one and the same! Thanks for visiting my blog. My “fame” plus $5 will get me a cup of coffee most places!

  5. Gladly! Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction from School of Education at UNC-Chapel Hill.

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  8. Very comprehensive, but I am concerned that the citations on prayer studies are totally misrepresented. Readers should check original studies on everything cited that they consider important, in case Pierce Howard has similarly cherry-picked to suit his biases.

  9. It is indeed tricky to be fair on any subject that is emotionally charged for many folks. I am mindful of two things: that prayer takes many forms, and that the act of praying–regardless of the form of that prayer–is intrinsically satisfying, both to self and others. I am also mindful of Diane Rhem’s question to former President Jimmy Carter about his prayer life in the White House, and whether those prayers were answered. Carter responded with a twinkle, “Why, yes, all my prayers were answered. But, you must understand that sometimes the answer was ‘No’!”

  10. Mr. Howard, well i am a research worker pursuing my PhD in sleep neurobiology, just wanted to ask you how does negative ions increase the flow of oxygen to the brain; resulting in higher alertness, decreased drowsiness, and more mental energy, when in fact the brain detects disturbances in ionic composition in circulatory system which are mostly countered by buffer system????? Moreover, does these so called negatively ions change sleep pattern?

  11. The theory posits that negative ions attach themselves to particulates in the atmosphere and then fall to the floor/ground, thus purifying the air. The result: When we breathe, we take in a higher proportion of oxygen. Without negative ions, each breath contains lower levels of oxygen and higher levels of dust, smoke, etc. Taking in higher levels of oxygen leads to increased brain activity/alertness. Taking in lower levels of oxygen leads to drowsiness. Enclosed rooms with stale air are associated with minimal alertness, while being next to rushing water is associated with maximum alertness, because rushing water generates negative ions.

  12. My name is Jeff Searcy and I run the Job Hunters Support Group that meets 2X/month at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Charlotte.

    The highlight of our programs are the guest speakers. Our recent guest speaker was Peter Popovich. He spoke very highly of you
    Would you perhaps be interested in speaking to our group? . We meet on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays at 7:00. Any topic that might help a job hunter is OK.

    If you night be interested please call me @ 704 341 2255 (h) or 704 502 9596(c)

    Jeff Searcy

  13. Hi there: I’ve been trying to acquire a copy of The Owner’s Manual for Personality at Work. Indigo / Chapters in Canada doesn’t seem to have it. I ordered a used copy on Amazon, but it never came. Any idea where I could get a copy?

  14. Are you the same Pierce Howard who wrote a document on the Howard family history which includes several generations of Samuel Howard and ties to the James Howard that died about 1729 in Bertie County, NC? If so, I would like to correspond with you via email about this James Howard. Thanks, Mike Brown

  15. Today I have seen ion wristband n bracelets of ion energy . Are they true ? Or it’s a real product? Please let me know

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