Do you get that sinking feeling when someone (your MD? HR? A keen colleague?) suggests you ‘do some team building’? Do you have ghastly visions of yourself kneeling on the floor with a bongo between your knees, playing the drums in a conference room? Or building Lego constructions against the clock in competition with another department?

Unfortunately it seems many people have come to equate ‘team building’ with ‘doing creative or sporty activities with other members of the team. However according to Kate Mercer, co-founder of Leaders Lab and author of ‘A Buzz in the Building’, these types of activities do very little to build a team.

Here’s why: