Special Report: Let army show you how to lead


IT is just after dawn at Sandhurst, and a platoon of officer cadets in full dress uniform wheels round the parade ground. Nearby, at the gracious facade of the Royal Military Academy, eight civilians stare in puzzlement at a pile of assorted objects.

There are poles of various sizes, pulleys, an umbrella, a funnel, lengths of rope, a swing- top bin and a standpipe in a fenced-off area.

“Here is your task,” declares the instructor. “There’s a ping-pong ball at the bottom of the standpipe. Your challenge is to transfer the ball from the standpipe to the bin without going into the area, without equipment touching the ground and without anybody touching the ball. You have 30 minutes — starting now.”

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