"30 Rock" on Jack Welch and Six Sigma


We know Dilbert makes fun of Six Sigma, but the new NBC show “30 Rock” does a great job of skewering GE culture (of which NBC is a part) and Six Sigma. 30 Rock is easily the funniest workplace show (even better than The Office). No, this isn't a paid pitch for NBC.

In the most recent episode, the boss (played by a hilarious Alec Baldwin) tells the employee (Tina Fey):

“Do you know why Jack Welch is the greatest leaders since the Pharaohs? Because he didn't only involve himself in our work lives, but our personal lives as well. He introduced us to the finest booze, the most restrictive country clubs. He gave us the names of the most discreet private investigators to spy on our ex-wives. He held our hands during our triumphs… and our senate hearings. “

It's all delivered in a Welch-worshipping sincerity. Baldwin's character, Jack Donaghy, is a long-time successful GE exec who was promoting into a title of “Vice President of Network and Microwave Programming” (ah, GE synergies!!!). Donaghy definitely would NOT think Welch is a turkey.

It cracks me up that GE-owned NBC would allow a character to imply such things about Welch, that they golfed at clubs that exclude minorites or that they regularly spy on their ex-wives. I guess they aren't that afraid of Welch after all.

Funny funny stuff. It's a consistently funny show, in a very dry way.


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Mark Graban is an internationally-recognized consultant, author, and professional speaker who has worked in healthcare, manufacturing, and startups. His latest book is Measures of Success: React Less, Lead Better, Improve More. He is author of the Shingo Award-winning books Lean Hospitals and Healthcare Kaizen, as well as The Executive Guide to Healthcare Kaizen. He also published the anthology Practicing Lean that benefits the Louise H. Batz Patient Safety Foundation, where Mark is a board member. Mark is also a Senior Advisor to the technology company KaiNexus.

  1. Mike Gardner says

    Maybe it’s just me, but the video link doesn’t show up.

  2. Mark Graban says

    It’s probably a setting on your PC. Do any videos work if you go straight to YouTube.com?

  3. Mark Graban says

    The video was taken down by YouTube… sorry.

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