if the water is extrmely pure, no fish can survive. we cant kill all office politics, only we can do is reduce it to an acceptable level.
u can call me my christian name in private, but forbidden to call it at work. leader's duty is not let emotion factor or relationship inflence the working environment
people will be promoted to a position they are not good at and stuck there. when people are in a position they cant do very well, in order to keep the position and benefit, they start to make clique. leaders should know each employee's special area and potential, then communicate with them to find a suitable way to cover their contribute. normally promote their salaries is better than promote their positions. if have to give a higher position, give a high title but empty position to comfort them
3. kill one to scare 100
if the office politics are under control, fire one or two head fighter will be helpful
4. defuse the contradiction
find two new tasks, select half people from one clique and half people from the other clique, mix to one team and put the other half to emerge another team, ephasis to value team work instead of individual achievement. let them work together on one shared goal, reinforce their mutual communication. At the end the office politics may be defused to nothing.