One of my clients related the perfect way to inform your A Players about a B or C Player that is leaving.
He related that the staff member was being let go. Most everyone was ambivalent. Then he relayed that “I asked him to leave so I could keep you.”
Everyone was puzzled. He then explained that the rest of them would have gotten sick of working with him. That they needed stronger players around them to get better themselves. So he wouldn’t lose them.
Are you risking losing your best players by tolerating less than “A” performance from the others?