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Dr. Marla Gottschalk      

Industrial & Organizational Psychologist; Workplace Strategist

Dr. Marla Gottschalk is an industrial/organizational psychologist, workplace consultant and blogger.

She has held various roles in management consulting and customer research.

Currently she serves as practice manager of organizational development at Rand Gottschalk & Associates. In this role, she helps organizations develop intelligently, to meet evolving demands and customer needs.

Practice focus includes people/workforce analytics, employee engagement, process improvement and organizational development strategies.

As a member of the LinkedIn Influencer Program, she explores current topics related to workplace effectiveness -- including those related to organizational development, employee engagement and personal growth.

She believes we all need strategy when facing workplace challenges -- and that we can adopt viable practices that will help us master the modern workplace with confidence and empowerment.

Her views on workplace topics have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Time, American Express Open Forum, CareerBuilder, CBS Money Watch, Deskmag and other outlets worldwide.

Her blog, The Office Blend, explores current topics impacting careers and work life (A 2012 "Top 75 Websites For Your Career" blog pick by Forbes).

She is also a contributing blogger at US News & World Report's "On Careers" blog.

Dr. Gottschalk's background includes a Doctorate in Industrial & Organizational Psychology with a minor in Multivariate Statistics, from Wayne State University, and a B.S. in Psychology from Michigan State University.

Her specialties include work survival strategies, organizational development, organizational culture, creativity and generations at work.

Speech Topics


To Help Individuals & Organizations Excel, Rediscover Stability

As a topic, stability has been somewhat lost in the mix of conversations surrounding both innovation & digital transformation. This talk — based upon Dr. Gottschalk’s Harvard Business Review article — leads attendees on a journey that revisits the merits of “core stability” and how it is vital to help both people & organizations excel.

This talk helps attendees understand how they may have overlooked key foundations of work life & organizational structure — and how to begin to harness their power. Linking the findings of past & present research, she makes the case that nothing can excel without the support of a strong underlying foundation.

After spending years as an advisor, Dr. Gottschalk realized that adopting a “lens of stability” was often necessary to pinpoint weaknesses and make progress. With this lens, elements as varied as psychological safety & resource allocation can take on new meaning – crystalizing what may need to be tackled to help people & organizations excel.

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