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Section within a section, within a section

Well the stuff has hit the proverbial fan somewhere deep within the inner sanctum of the CTCC management labyrinth of power. It seems as though an, as yet, unknown number of officers have made comments on pieces of paper at a conference that suggested that all is not well within the specialist field of canine specialist support. These comments, normally confined to fall on selectively deaf ears have, it seems, got a sponsor, who seeks to develop their career by stamping out such insurgency and has made sufficient ripples that the usual  brand of ignoring such trifles is not going to go away. This could turn out to be just too good an opportunity to miss. It is amazing how some stones remain un-turned but others, the small ones, get turned over and over again, despite absolutely nothing crawling out from underneath.

Hence a really big investigation is underway and those who do not play by the rules are to be ruthlessly sought out and redeployed if compliance is not total.

The established rules of engagement between the tried and trusted methodology of those with the experience, credibility and particular skills that have been assessed and honed at one of the country’s relevant training establishments, have become subject to the misguided claims of a small, but sufficiently supported minority, who seek to deflect some of the alleged short-comings they may have.

I dare say that the management will delve, seek to find something to justify their one sided beliefs and cast unfounded aspersions on a handful of specially selected individuals without listening to the other side. A cunning management plan will, no doubt, identify something that they want out of it all and nothing will get in the way of their aims. If all else fails, they could always tar everyone with the same brush to ensure that no one slips through the net. Heavens forbid, they might even decide to totally change the way the training is done by bringing in someone with no credibility or qualifications in the world of specialist dog training support, all this despite accredited documents and practices in place.

The taste of sour grapes from a particularly poor vintage are in the air, clouded only by the misguided and agenda based smoke and mirrors that accompany such events.

As is usual in such cases, their will be a few random scapegoats to allow the management to show their quest was somehow honorable and the originators will be given an effective shield of invincibility, immune from the slightest critique no matter how bad they might just be. Everyone will be expected to bury the chips on their shoulders and get along as though it really never, ever happened.

Glass houses and stones?

There you have it, effective management at its best…………. You really can’t beat it.