30 career lessons from Jack Donaghy that will make you terribly miss 30 Rock

30 career lessons from Jack Donaghy that will make you terribly miss 30 Rock

Alec Baldwin played the arrogant boss Jack Donaghy to Tina Fey's Liz Lemon on 30 Rock.

Liz Lemon of 30 Rock did have quite the turbulent life to navigate, what with the task of managing a group of writers who were varying degrees of weird, handling mood swings of her crazy stars Tracy and Jenna and her ever-challenging love life. Her arrogant boss Jack Donaghy, who was the embodiment of white male privilege, did not make her task her easier. But you got to admit that it his own weird way, he was the friend, philosopher and guide that Liz needed. 

Liz explains her relationship with Jack (Twitter)

January 31 marks the fifth year anniversary of the last episode of 30 Rock. To commemorate the same, here is a look at all the sagely advice that Jack imparted on Liz over seven seasons:

When your employees start doubting themselves, remind them of their heroes 


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What does a handshake say about you?


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The only thing you need to memorize about the judicial system

Jack: “Now let me hear you say the seven most important words in the American judicial system.”
Lawyer: “My client has no memory of that.”

When Jack dropped this truth bomb 


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And this one 


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You may not like intimacy, but find a way to be there for your (work) friends  


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And sometimes, be actually intimate 


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And give people space to cope with their problems

Jack: We all have ways of coping. I use sex and awesomeness.

And compliment them... sort of 


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Then again, know when to draw borders 


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And let people know you don't care 


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Because empathy isn't always the answer and maybe, it never was 


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Because here is how a Jack Donaghy would deal with travesty 


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And achieve success one day at a time


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Follow A.S.S to reach those goals 


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Idolize your heroes, but only for the right reasons 


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Wear a tux for success... especially after six


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Know your workplace etiquette and use it to your advantage 


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If you're good looking, always remember this 


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Be ruthless with your enemies 


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But let your employees know you're always on their side 


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Offer them opportunities they can't say no to 


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Give them perks you know they've always wanted 


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Take their advice sometimes 


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After all, there are no bad ideas 


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But, be honest with your feedback 


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...Brutally honest


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And know when to say no 


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And when they need an intervention 


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But at the end of the day, allow your protégée to do what they were meant to do 


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