10 Things I Learned From Miss Bossypants, Tina Fey

Worthy of the cover

10 Things I Learned From Miss Bossypants, Tina Fey

Former Saturday Night Live star and head writer for her NBC production of 30 Rock, Tina Fey can also add published author to her resume. Tina is super cool because she is super normal in the sense that she’s willing to make mistakes and broadcast her faux pas as awkward television fodder that is relatable to anyone that has ever defined themselves as career driven or struggled to decide on Ikea furniture (30 Rock inside joke). In other words, I think most people can relate to Tina whether they enjoy her sense of comedy or not. That’s why after the umpteenth photo on Instagram of a friend of mine that had just picked up Tina’s copy of Bossypants led me to read the book for myself.

Knowing Tina, you probably wouldn’t expect that Bossypants is a book about managing a team as a woman in a cutthroat industry of both comedy and television. The common assumption is that somehow the book has more to do with the actual comedy side of her life than what she had to do to get there. So naturally, I found the material to be a pleasant surprise as I’m a big fan of the how-to and memoir style mixes.

Bossypants is a book filled with one-liners that will eventually make it on to mockable, yet relevant motivational posters if they haven’t already. In fact, I’m going to make a few of those posters for you right now and I strongly urge you to make one of them your computer’s desktop image right now! Either way, here are 10 things I learned from this quick read.

1. “In most cases being a good boss means hiring talented people and then getting out of their way.”

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being a good boss

2. “Don’t be afraid to contribute.”

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don't be afraid to contribute

3. “Whatever the problem, be part of the solution.”

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be part of solution

4. “Make statements, with your action and your voice.”

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make statements with actions

5. “There are no mistakes, only beautiful happy accidents.”

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there are no mistakes

6. “I was nailing it on a daily basis. Find something like this for yourself as soon as possible.”

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nail it on a daily basis

7. “Content should dictate style.”

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content should dictate style

8. “There is not one management course in the world where they recommend Self-Righteousness as a tool.”

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don't use self-righteousness

9. “Believe you are worthy of the cover.”

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Worthy of the cover

10. “When it’s true, it doesn’t need to be said.”

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truth doesn't need to be said

Caz Bevan
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Caz is the Founder of Be Impossible marketing agency and Co-Founder of Anhelaré startup advisory. Caz has extensive experience blending business goals and marketing tactics into comprehensive company strategies. Her creative innovation and expertise has helped shape customer experiences and drive continual engagement for a variety of companies and products including Sony Music Entertainment and SpeedTV. Connect with Caz: Linkedin