[Lainey Gossip] She’s a girl who gets what she wants, sometimes much to our surprise, especially when it comes to romance. But you can’t game your way to a baby. And right now, she really, really wants a baby.
She’s young. She’s healthy. She’s resourceful. In her mind, it should have happened by now. But, as of six weeks ago, she wasn’t pregnant. So this is her only conversation. She’s been asking for tips. She’s been asking almost everyone she talks to for tips – how did you get pregnant, what were you eating, what were you drinking, what position, what time of the month, what time of the day, etc, etc, etc…
And ordinarily, for people who find themselves in this situation, there’s a lot of sympathy, a lot of goodwill. Because, as Sasha answered earlier this year, no one wants to see someone struggling to start a family.
In her case however…
She’s not as popular as you might think she is. I mean, maybe among the privileged and the elite, but to those who have to work with her, or for her, she’s not as sweet and perfect as we’ve been led to believe. Everyone’s schedule has to accommodate her schedule. Every schedule has to change at the last minute for her schedule, ironically even if others have children of their own to manage and to look after. One source even said to me, “Why should I have to rearrange my kids’ daycare because she’s ovulating?”
On other projects, she’s not great at taking feedback. When someone disagrees with her, she tells them to their face that she’s reconsidering their job status. When it turns out that they were right to begin with, she’s the type to blame them for not being assertive enough. Some of her staff members have joked that it’s an initiation ritual to have her hang up on them. And she’s also really sh-tty about overtime. If someone’s been working out of their mind to make her unrealistic deadlines, she’ll then question them about how much pay she’s owed to them in return, either suggesting that they’re lying about how hard they worked, or implying that they might not be cut out for it since it took them so long to get it done.
Loyalty is starting to become a problem. Because if they’re not loyal, not only will they not stay, they’ll also start talking. They’ve started talking already.
It’s Blake Lively!
On the one hand… Blake Lively is finally getting the baby she wanted. Good for her!
On the other hand… Blake Lively is not a good boss at her company, Preserve Us.
However, to be fair, we understand why.
When you grow up as a regular person who works regular jobs you learn what it’s like to be at the bottom of the totem pole. You watch to see how bosses behave and how they treat people. You learn how to give and take constructive criticism. You learn that treating people well and fairly generally gives you the best results.
Many actors who become stars when they are young skip all of those valuable life lessons. They become used to being the center of attention and having everyone capitulate to their needs. They become tone deaf to the needs of others and impatient and nasty to those who don’t provide immediate gratification for their whims. In short, being a star is really bad training for being a boss.
That’s the position Blake Lively is in right now. She is not a horrible person. But her career as a star actress did not prepare her to be a boss in a business environment. Her management style (demanding, antagonistic, threatening) is ineffective and is alienating her staff. She hired professional people but you can’t make a group of professionals feel insecure and threatened and then expect them to produce great work. Hopefully she will figure this out sooner rather than later and either adopt a more suitable management style… or put someone in charge who can interface with the staff more effectively.
Congratulations to Kiki for being first with the correct response!