Finding enough A-type players is the key: Kevin Walsh
SAFFRON Business Forum successfully held a virtual discussion on Growing the Economy post-pandemic: Lessons in Leadership yesterday where former Galway Allstar Kevin Walsh spoke about the importance of creating a winning culture within a team environment.
Host Paul McErlean was also joined for some enlightened conversation by Executive Chair of Fibrus, Conal Henry and Jim Frawley, the founder and CEO of Bellwether, as to how best business can navigate a way out of the pandemic.
Walsh, who won two All-Irelands and three Allstars in a brilliant playing career, also enjoyed successful managerial periods with his native Galway and neighbours Sligo.
In creating a successful team culture, Walsh coined the phrase: “If you were on time, you were late. Just doing the basics wasn’t enough.”
He categorised players into A, B and C. The A-type player, Walsh explained, was always the one who turned up early and stayed behind and wanted to improve.
The B player was “good enough for an average team and would probably come on time and go on time and was quite happy to follow without ruffling feathers. But he was the type of player you need and wanted to develop into an A type player.”
The three guests discussed how business practices overlapped with sport.
For the last number of years, Saffron Business Forum has been the fundraising wing of Antrim GAA helping transform the county both on and off the field.