The fascinating account of what it's like to be the key strategist to an entrepreneurial genius who spins out 100 ideas a week
"They were yin and yang: Ted (Rogers)'s relentless drive to grow, grow, grow regardless of cost; and Phil (Lind)'s relentless drive to execute campaigns and cajole partners and competitors to help further that growth." – Toronto Mayor, John Tory
TORONTO, Nov. 2, 2018 /CNW/ - Barlow Books is pleased to announce Right Hand Man (ISBN: 978-1-988025-33-9; $29.99; 320 pages) by Phil Lind and Robert Brehl, on sale November 3rd, 2018.
A wide-ranging and often hilarious memoir by the man who was the strategic lieutenant to Canada's foremost entrepreneur Ted Rogers, Phil Lind was the ultimate right-hand man for 40 years. He recounts how he helped Rogers – and often exercised his "Abominable No Man" persona - to make his best ideas soar. The book is co-written with Robert Brehl, also the co-author of the best-selling book Relentless: The True Story of the Man Behind Rogers Communications, and includes a Foreword by Toronto Mayor John Tory, who worked closely with Lind at Rogers.
Lind is known by many for his diplomacy, sportsmanship and fierce loyalty. It's with this lens that he shares some of his most intimate memories and inside stories of his life and career, including how Rogers made the big move into live sports with the purchase of the Blue Jays and the start of the cable sports channel, Sportsnet. He also shares that in the mid to late 80s, during Rogers' final hectic days in America, he thought seriously about breaking away from Rogers to start his own cable company, a contemplation he's never reflected on publicly.
His career was trailblazing and as such, there was fortune and misfortune, but always pride in his "cable guy" nametag; and even as he moves into his fourth quartile, Lind's memories are fond and remain vivid.
While Lind's story is deeply intertwined with Rogers', neither his mentor nor the company they built represent the full impact Lind has had on Canadian business and culture. From sports to arts and entertainment, and the nation's political, education, and business landscapes, Lind's influence will be felt by Canadians for generations to come.
Not your average business book, Lind opens up honestly about a near-fatal stroke that forced him to re-learn how to walk, talk, work and more; even begin writing with his left hand. His post-stroke personal and business successes are inspirational to stroke survivors and their families by pointing out there can be plenty of life with purpose after such a traumatic event.
Right Hand Man will be available for purchase in hardcover and ebook formats wherever books are sold.
About the Authors
For 40 years, Phil Lind was the right-hand man to Ted Rogers, the late CEO of the massive Canadian communications company. Lind provided the strategic compass to channel Rogers' entrepreneurial brilliance and shape a powerful organization with vast holdings — wireless, cable, telephone, Internet, and media assets — along with the Toronto Blue Jays and a significant stake in Toronto's other professional sports teams via Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment Ltd. Lind has been inducted into the Order of Canada and the U.S. Cable Hall of Fame for his role in expanding Rogers into the U.S. Phil is also a collector of contemporary art, such as Vancouver superstar Jeff Wall, and a keen fisherman.
Robert Brehl, an award-winning journalist formerly at the Globe and Mail and Toronto Star, now operates his own consulting firm, abc2 communications inc. He is the co-author of the best-selling books Relentless: The True Story of the Man Behind Rogers Communications and Hurricane Hazel: A Life with Purpose, and author of several other books including the best-seller, The Best of Milt Dunnell.
SOURCE Barlow Books
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