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30 Rock: Jack Donaghy is a “Six Sigma Black Belt Ultra” – And He Has Proof

Absolutely hilarious… last Thursday’s “30 Rock” features Jack Donaghy (Alec Baldwin) talking about how he’s a “Six Sigma Black Belt Ultra… with the groin branding to prove it.”

To which, the new boss from their new owner Kabletown asks, “What’s Six Sigma? A rock band?”

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Mark Graban's passion is creating a better, safer, more cost effective healthcare system for patients and better workplaces for all. Mark is a consultant, author, and speaker in the "Lean healthcare" methodology. He is author of the Shingo Award-winning books Lean Hospitals and Healthcare Kaizen, as well as The Executive Guide to Healthcare Kaizen. His most recent project is an book titled Practicing Lean that benefits the Louise H. Batz Patient Safety Foundation, where Mark is a board member. Mark is also the VP of Improvement & Innovation Services for the technology company KaiNexus.

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10 Comments on "30 Rock: Jack Donaghy is a “Six Sigma Black Belt Ultra” – And He Has Proof"

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  1. Kristen says:

    Brilliant! Love it.

  2. Jos de Jong says:

    No show for European citizen.

  3. Mark R Hamel

    Very funny! Groin branding…now I understand why many of the six sigma folks don’t smile as much as the lean folks.

    • Mark Graban

      Maybe us Lean folks are jealous that 30 Rock isn’t mocking us… but maybe that will come, since GE is getting deeper into Lean in recent years. But on 30 Rock, NBC is no longer part of GE (as in real life), so the Jack Donaghey character likely wouldn’t get more training in Lean or Six Sigma.

      Jack does spend a fair amount of time at the “gemba” (with the actors and the set) and he does “coach” Liz Lemon quite a bit.

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