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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
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 — […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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…