Workplace politics are inevitable.
No matter what you try, there will be a point when they come knocking at your door. There is one sure-fire way to get around these politics: Stick to your values. Do not do anything that feels uncomfortable to you. If you find yourself in a situation where it feels like your face is on fire because you have been put into an uncomfortable situation, go to your boss and ask for help. However, if it is your boss that is causing it, can you go to their boss? If not, this may not be the right place for you to work. It may be time to brush up your resume and look for a place that has core values similar to yours.
And remember to go to www.webishops.com, under Success Planning, to watch a video on finding your core values if you need help.