Example: The CEO of a food manufacturer had a favorite among her direct reports, a guy who was highly innovative and worked extremely hard. His peers, however, viewed this individual as the “teacher’s pet” and played the Marginalize game by leaving him out of informal discussions, “forgetting” to invite him to meetings, and often ganging up on him when he presented a concept. It reached a point where it became diffi cult for this individual to communicate an innovative idea; he was discouraged despite working hard and continually met with resistance from his colleagues. Although this story may give the impression that the marginalizing efforts of these colleagues were obvious, the employees were actually quite clever in the way they played the game. In the CEO’s presence, they seemed to treat this teacher’s pet like everyone else. In private, however, they schemed against him in small but signifi cant ways. Ultimately, he ended up resigning and taking a job with another organization.