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Uncover the Mystery of Motivation for Young Managers

Mystery of Motivation - Master Happiness with Marty Jalove

Rising through the ranks and obtaining that coveted managerial position places a lot of weight on young shoulders. One of the pivotal challenges new managers face is unlocking the mystery of motivation within their teams. In the relentless quest for productivity and innovation, understanding what drives every team member individually is the difference between a well-oiled team and one that sputters under the pressure.


With Special Guest: Nate Filippelli

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Engaging young managers and leadership enthusiasts in the pursuit of motivational mastery is not just about unraveling the enigma, but also about ensuring that the insights become actionable tools for boosting team spirit and performance. In this episode, we chew through the BACON of motivation – a morsel that will guide your approach as you sizzle up a high-performing team.

B - Building Trust

Trust is the bedrock of any successful managerial-employee relationship. New leaders often feel the need to assert authority for efficacy; however, this can be counterproductive. Instead, lay the groundwork for trust early on.

Challenge: Earning Credibility as a Young Leader

Young managers often grapple with earning the trust of seasoned employees who may have expected someone with more years of experience. It's a hurdle, but not an insurmountable one.

Solution: Actions Speak Louder

  • Anchor to Expertise: Showcase your knowledge but remain open to learning from your team. Acknowledge their years of experience and the value they bring to the table.

  • Consistency is Key: Ensure that your actions align with your words. Make sure you follow through on promises and are consistent in your approach to management.

  • Transparent Communication: Foster an environment where honest and open communication is valued and practiced. Be transparent about your decisions and the rationale behind them.

A - Aligning Expectations

Unmet expectations often lead to demotivation. Setting clear, achievable goals is instrumental in keeping the workforce inspired and on track. However, the process of setting these goals must be a transparent dialogue, not a one-sided proclamation.

Challenge: The Vagueness Trap

Managers sometimes fall into the trap of setting vague or unattainable goals, simply because they've been given goals by higher-ups and are passing them down the chain.

Solution: Collaborative Goal Setting

  • Involve Your Team: Encourage your team to participate in the goal-setting process. When employees have a say in their objectives, they are more invested in achieving them.

  • Use SMART Objectives: Ensure goals are Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-bound. Clarity is essential for focus and attainment.

  • Be Adaptable: Recognize that strategies and goals may need to evolve over time. Be willing to adjust them rather than sticking to plans that aren’t producing results.

C - Creating a Supportive Environment

A supportive environment goes beyond the physical workspace. It encompasses emotional, psychological, and even cultural facets that make employees feel secure and valued.

Challenge: Fostering Resilience

In today’s competitive workplace, resilience is a critical trait. A supportive environment is one where employees feel empowered to face challenges head-on.

Solution: Nurturing Support

  • Mentorship Programs: Create mentorship initiatives that encourage senior employees to guide and support newer ones.

  • Empower Decision Making: Give your team members autonomy to make decisions within their role, fostering a sense of empowerment and responsibility.

  • Respect Work-Life Balance: Ensure employees feel supported in maintaining a healthy work-life balance. Be aware of burnout and take steps to prevent it.

O - Offering Rewards and Recognition

Beyond monetary compensation, employees value recognition and appreciation. Acknowledging their efforts and achievements publicly and personally is a potent motivational tool.

Challenge: Recognizing the Intangibles

It’s easier to recognize tangible achievements, such as meeting a sales target, but the less quantifiable contributions are equally, if not more, important.

Solution: Spot the Shining Behaviors

  • Highlight Values: Celebrate the embodiment of company values or the demonstration of soft skills that benefit the team.

  • Be Specific with Praise: General praise lacks authenticity. Point out exactly what they did well and how it positively impacted the team or company.

  • Make It Personal: Take the time to deliver praise personally, and if you can, on a one-on-one basis. It carries more weight and is more meaningful.

N - Nurturing Personal and Professional Growth

Investing in your team’s growth is investing in your company's future. When employees feel that their job aligns with their personal career objectives, motivation naturally follows.

Challenge: Balancing Learning and Doing

Operational demands can sometimes make it difficult to prioritize continuous learning and development.

Solution: Integrate Growth into Daily Operations

  • Performance Reviews: Use regular reviews as opportunities to discuss both current performance and future development.

  • Coaching Opportunities: Provide coaching and constructive feedback to turn mistakes into learning opportunities.

  • Encourage Up-Skilling: Highlight the benefits of upskilling and provide resources for further education or training.


Bacon Bits with Master Happiness hosted by Marty Jalove and special guest Nate Filippelli
Bacon Bits with Master Happiness hosted by Marty Jalove and special guest Nate Filippelli

Motivation is the fuel that drives performance, and as a young manager, you are the keeper of that fuel. These ideas serve as a foundational recipe for guiding your team towards success. As you savor the flavors and nuances of each section, you’ll discover that the mysteries of motivation are not unsolvable riddles but rather a series of well-orchestrated practices that you, as a manager, can master.

Remember, this is not a one-off. It is a philosophy that should be applied consistently and adjusted to taste. Mastering motivation is an ongoing process of learning, adapting, and instigating change.

Are you ready to take the lead with bacon-worthy motivation? Dine on the insights shared and start crafting your own management masterpiece. After all, true leaders aren’t just served by change – they prepare it in the kitchen of constant improvement and serve it up with passion and purpose.

Make sure you’re the chef, not the recipe.

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Marty Jalove of Master Happiness is a Company Coach, Business Consultant, and Marketing Strategist that helps small businesses, teams, and individuals find focus, feel fulfilled, and have fun. Master Happiness stresses the importance of realistic goal setting, empowerment, and accountability in order to encourage employee engagement and retention. The winning concentration is simple: Happy Employees attract Happy Customers and Happy Customers come back with Friends.

Want to learn more about bringing more happiness into your workplace and life? Contact Master Happiness at or


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