I’m Marla Gottschalk, an Industrial & Organizational Psychologist. This site was created to discuss all things work life — including the common challenges that most of us face. I cover a wide range of topics from career confidence to managing others.

In addition to this blog, I help people and organizations discover the limiting aspects of their work. I’ve worked with groups representing the education, hotel, automotive, construction and technology sectors. Hu_Drawings_2(1) Revised

I believe that a strong core is necessary to remain motivated and productive at work. (Read the article at HBR.) This foundation includes the mindsets, habits and tools that facilitate effectiveness — and these are quite varied.

Here are some of the themes that I explore:

  • Taking Control. How can we view our work in a way that allows us to improve it?
  • Limits: How do we identify & tackle the obstacles that ultimately hold us back?
  • Productivity: What habits & mindsets can support our work?
  • Managing Ourselves: How can we stop getting in our own way?
  • Managing Others: How can we help our team excel?

I’ve been a member of the LinkedIn Influencer Program since 2012 — where I have a following of more than 2 Million. At LinkedIn, I always strive to bring a relatable view of psychological theory to real work life topics. I’ve also collaborated with brands including Gapingvoid, Toyota, and Johnson & Johnson.

My perspectives on work life have been featured at: