The 75-year-old is famous for being generous with fans and charities, but insists he will not be run over by the people on his payroll.
“Some people, I have to kick their ass up on one side and the other because [they] Just won’t listen,” Parton announced.
“And then you have your creative vampires… a creative vampire is someone who takes your ideas and they own them, they take them and then they scatter them.”
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The “Jolene” songwriter also said that she has encountered employees who are “energy vampires” and “people who will eat you alive.”
But overall, the singer insists, she values her employees and wants to be a fair and friendly boss.
“I’m a good boss, I guess. I try to govern with love and compassion,” Parton told People. “But at the same time, there’s a fine line that says, ‘She’s not a pushover. ‘ I am a fair and honest person. I like to be as friendly as possible. ,
She continued: “I know we’re using each other and when it’s time for them to move on, they can. But I want to be that kind of person if they need to talk to me.” So they can almost be like a friend, and then we’ll get down to business. I don’t want anyone to be afraid to come near me.”
The actress, who has been nominated for 50 Grammy Awards, says she can’t believe she is better than anyone who worked for her, as they hired her for her expertise.
“I have all kinds of companies, like Dollywood. My idea was to have Dollywood, a theme park, but I knew I knew nothing about running it, but I knew I would find people. So I always do that, though, as with anything. I hire people. I see what I want and need, but I know I can’t do it myself.
“In some cases, I’m not smart enough to do it, but I’m smart enough to know what I want and what I don’t want. I’m smart enough to know what I can and can’t do No, and so you have to look at it that way.”