JP McManus has set out his formula for how to operate a five-star hotel using the winning team culture centred around sports.
Mr McManus, who re-opened Adare Manor in Co Limerick less than a year ago, said he will write no reference for anybody when they leave, and intends to encourage the All-Ireland champions’ hurling spirit among staff.
Spelling out the JP Way, he said: “We have a mantra down here which I brought in. It’s that we’ll write a reference for nobody when they’re leaving.
The hotel is recruiting for specialist chefs and Mr McManus told thewhat kind of induction successful applicants can expect.
“When I spoke to them (newly-recruited personnel) I said ‘we won’t write a reference for you; you’ll write it yourself by virtue of the length of time that you’ve been here’, because the word will get out that if you were in Adare for a few years, you had to be good. If you weren’t, you won’t be there. And it creates great camaraderie between the people.
“It’s the same as the hurling team if you like. If every fella was trying to do it on his own, you’d never win a match. I think we have some great people working for us. Their attitude is so good, the young people. So good. They want to get on. There’s no place for having a poor attitude.
If the enthusiasm is there and the attitude is right, you can work with that.
Mr McManus hosted a dinner at his Martinstown home for the 2013 senior hurling team on winning the Munster final.
After the dinner, jockey AP (Tony) McCoy told the hurlers they wouldn’t be back unless they went all the way and brought back the Liam MacCarthy Cup.
Mr McManus said: “You talk to AP and he’ll tell you there’s only one place to be — and that’s winning.”
Meanwhile, as reported yesterday, Tiger Woods has declared his intention to play in the JP McManus Pro-Am golf event at Adare Manor in 2020 and the resort is hotly tipped to be the venue for the 2026 Ryder Cup.