"While I honestly wasn't conscious of it, Gary's notion of 'leading by asking' nicely captures my own style. This approach creates a more collegial attitude, it opens dialogue and shows respect for those who are closer to and have responsibility for the issues. In many cases it is also appropriate because each generation seems to be smarter than the last. As a tool, Gary's book can raise everyone's awareness of the social and intellectual power of asking rather than telling."
Just Ask—Author Biographies
As President and Co-founder of ACI Telecentrics, Inc., Gary Cohen grew the company from two people to 2,200 employees at the company’s peak. ACI grew at an average compounded rate of over fifty percent for almost thirteen years. Currently, he is Partner and Co-founder of CO2 Partners, LCC, operating as an executive coach and consultant. His clients run a wide range of organizations‹from small entrepreneurial companies to multi-billion-dollar enterprises.
Gary received his B.S. from the University of Minnesota, where he triple-majored in International Business, Intercultural Communications, and International Political Science. Prior to attending Harvard Business School (Owner President Manager Program), he attended Covey Leadership Center and Disney Creative Leadership workshops. He has served on numerous boards, including Outward Bound National Advisory Board, All Kinds of Minds, Alzheimer Board of Governors, American Teleservices Association, I.C. Systems (one of the nation’s largest collection agencies), and Richfield Bank. He has been a member of TEC (The Executive Committee) and has been interviewed for articles in Wall Street Journal Europe, Wall Street Journal Asia, Financial Daily News, USA Today, Washington Post, Business Week, Excellence in Leadership, T&D Magazine, HR.com, EO Publication, Wall Street Reporter, Venture Magazine, Paul Pioneer Press, and Profits Journal. He is currently a columnist for JobDig, writing exclusively on the topic of leadership. Among his many accomplishments, he was an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award Finalist (Inc. Magazine) and Henry Crown Fellow (Aspen Institute); in addition, ACI was recognized as one of Venture Magazine’s Top 10 Best Performing Businesses and Business Journal’s 25 Fastest Growing Small Public Companies.
Read Gary’s profile on FiledBy.
Eric Vrooman has worked as a bookstore clerk, fact checker, literary agent, ghostwriter, and freelance editor. His name can be found in the acknowledgments of bestsellers (Selling the Invisible), novels (Deluge and The Sound of the Trees), and self-published books (Swim Lessons—winner of the Independent Publisher Book Awards for Best Self Help Book). More recently, he was chosen to ghostwrite Word of Mouse (Warner Books), the brainchild of two University of Minnesota computer science professors, which evolved out of a Malcolm Gladwell New Yorker essay. Presently, he teaches creative writing at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota.