When our oldest child entered middle school, we found it necessary to meet with his principal. At that time of course, school was his full-time job — and there were developing signs that it was the wrong job. As parents, we felt the need to discuss a strategy to address the job-person fit. To be […]
About Dr. Marla Gottschalk
Dr. Marla Gottschalk is an Industrial/Organizational Psychologist, consultant and blogger who specializes in workplace success strategies and organizational change. She has held various roles in management consulting and research. Currently she serves as Practice Manager of Organizational Development, at Rand Gottschalk & Associates. In this role, she helps individuals, teams and organizations develop intelligently — to meet work life challenges with a sense of confidence and empowerment.
As a member of the LinkedIn Influencer Program, she explores current workplace topics — including those related to organizational development, employee engagement and personal growth. She believes that we all need viable strategies when facing workplace dilemmas — and that we can learn to effectively navigate through stubborn issues and obstacles.
Her views on workplace topics have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, American Express Open Forum, CareerBuilder, CBS Money Watch, Deskmag and other outlets worldwide. Her blog, The Office Blend, explores topics impacting careers and work life. (A "Top 75 Website for Your Career" blog pick by Forbes.) She is also a contributing blogger at TalentZoo and US News &World Report.
Articles by Dr. Marla Gottschalk
In 2011, I drafted my first blog post entitled: Gen Y Has it Right. I wrote the post because of discussions claiming that Millenials were completely different from other groups at work. On some level, I thought this was an excuse to ignore workplace elements in dire need of revision. On another level, there was […]
I’ve been told that I’m not the best role model concerning change. To be brutally candid, I agree with the characterization. I tend to balk at the mere whiff of a change — holding on to hope that it won’t come to pass. (Then adjusting my course will not be necessary.) Honestly, it’s a problem. […]
Feelings of self-doubt can plague all of us — and in some cases these harbored doubts threaten to derail our work lives. The chatter of these disconcerting “pangs” can become quite vocal as we approach (or settle) into a new challenge. While I do not recommend debating if this is worthy of your attention (it […]
I’ve often wondered why building resilience isn’t a key business imperative. My opinion is such, primarily because being human, is often at odds with work life. Work can routinely bring stress, negativity, setbacks and outright failures — and most of us are challenged to combat the effects. We often frame conversations about resilience with stories of […]
Our beloved Krups coffee maker decided it would brew its last wonderful cup of coffee this week. That might not sound like much to you. However, I assure you — to the finicky beings that are my taste buds, it is. I loved that coffeemaker. Each day it brewed the perfect cup of coffee that […]
Recently, GE explained how it will deeply revise performance reviews — an often untenable practice which has plagued organizations, both large and small for decades. Heavy with the burden of process and time, yearly reviews have long been the bane of organizations and managers. When the facts were thoughtfully considered, the value of these reviews simply wasn’t […]
It’s difficult to pinpoint the single, most compelling reason why organizations can’t learn. However, after listening to the challenges of organizations where their people are concerned, I’ve come to realize it is far less about acknowledging the need for change — and much more about how to transact identified needs into action. There are distinct inflection […]
Pain can lead us to the source of our troubles — and with that efferent signal we can begin to act in response. This is exactly how I view the unfolding shift within organizations today. Traditional organizational structure and processes are often unfit to support the work life needs of human beings (think Maslow’s notion of safety […]
How we explore next steps in our career paths has changed over the years. That shouldn’t come as a surprise — but it still catches me off guard at times. I’ve just had a break-neck, jam-packed conversation with a very engaging family friend. As he works in Silicon Valley, I briefly regretted that I didn’t […]
I’ve just read Harvard Business Review’s “Hackathons Aren’t Just for Coders“. Everyone should have the opportunity to let their creative juices flow — in an environment where ideas are considered and taken seriously. Hackathons bring together people and ideas. A rare event in today’s world. Interestingly, there is another area where a little “hacking” needs to occur: […]
Iâ€™ve just read Harvard Business Reviewâ€™s â€œHackathons Arenâ€™t Just for Codersâ€œ. Everyone should have the opportunity to let their creative juices flow â€” in an environment where ideas are considered and taken seriously. Hackathons bring together peopleÂ andÂ ideas. A rare event in todayâ€™s world. Interestingly, there is another area where a little â€œhackingâ€ needs to occur: […]
Building something new always demands a moment of pause. So, we did just that. We paused and posed a much needed question: If you could disrupt one aspect of HR to help employees — what would that be? To say the least, these weren’t one-word, one-sided responses. (Please note this is not a scientific study. […]
There is plenty of advice out there concerning what to say and do, during an employment interview. However, I find there is little written about how to sort out the jumbled mess of feelings and observations that you are left with. Even with the best of intentions and lists of potential questions — interviewing is […]
We’ve all experienced episodes of boredom at work. Yet, we rarely consider the potential consequences for both individuals and organizations. In most cases, we are unaware of its presence. However, boredom certainly does occur — even in the most enduring, established organizations. As such, I’d like to pose a question to managers and team leaders: Is […]
I’m deep into the current season of The Voice. It is the only television show that I watch on an actual television. (NetFlix and my computer screen usually win my attention. See one my favorite Voice contestants perform below.) What fascinates me most about The Voice is how these individuals have managed to invest their […]
We seem to be working longer hours with greater intensity, yet feeling satisfied with our work lives has proven elusive for many of us. While we continue to invest more time and energy into our careers — we somehow remain disconnected from our work. We express that we are pushing far too hard, yet according […]
What will allow the modern organization to thrive going forward? I believe the key driver of organizational sustainability is the strength of the social, or psychological, contract that develops between an employer and its employees. This often unstated and undervalued doctrine fuels not only employee commitment, but also an organization. The power of this social […]
Teamwork gets a lot of buzz — but teams often fall short. What can we do to crack the collaboration code? This idea is winning fans
What’s the business value of positive psychology? Research suggests that it could be much more powerful in driving workplace performance than we think
Competition in the workplace is unavoidable. How do you make the most of it, without letting it get the best of you?
Negative performance feedback is tricky to give and receive — but hiding the message doesn’t help. Try these 5 ideas for a more satisfying outcome
Do you want your organization to behave in a more collaborative way? For better results, try taking some cues from nature.
Work is changing — and your work environment needs to keep up. If you’re looking to boost productivity or performance, take a look around you, and consider the possibilities…