Ask Don't Tell Leadership
ASK, DON’T TELL
An E-Book by Gary B. Cohen
About Gary B. Cohen
As President and Co-founder of ACI Telecentrics, Inc., Gary Cohen grew the company from two
people to 2,200 employees and reached $32 million in sales 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 international client list runs a wide range of organizations—from small entrepreneurial
companies to multi-billion-dollar enterprises. His book Just Ask Leadership is being published
by McGraw Hill and will be released September of 2009.
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, Shalom Home Alliance,
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 written or been recognized in articles for Wall Street Journal
Europe, Wall Street Journal Asia, Financial Daily News, USA Today, Washington Post, Business
Week, Wall Street Reporter, Venture Magazine, Paul Pioneer Press, and Proﬁts Journal. He
has been 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.
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