About + Coaching


Industrial & Organizational Psychologist. Diagnostician. Coach.

My practice focuses on building core stability. I believe that stability can lead to so many great outcomes in work life — including healthier teams & organizations, increased creativity, engaged work lives and productivity. (You can read more about core stability at The Harvard Business Review.)background-2

Core stability simply gets to the heart of things.  To the elements that must be present for both people & organizations to thrive.  It is the foundation of our work. The secret sauce. The launching pad for productivity & success,

Along with Dr. Kristin Backstrom, I’ve co-founded Goba —  a new type of coaching + consulting organization which brings the concept of Core Stability to contributors around the world.  With a proprietary assessment & The Core Masterclass, we help leaders support great work from the inside out.

Our coaching mantra — focuses on building the strength of a contributor’s work life foundation.
(Apply for my 4-session coaching series here.)

During my career, I’ve worked with clients representing the auto, education, technology, hotel & non-profit sectors, where I have helped contributors face obstacles and help teams get unstuck.  An avid blogger, I am a charter member of LinkedIn Influencer program, where I’ve built a following of 2+ Million. My perspectives on work life have also been shared at The Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review, Talent Zoo, US News & World Report, The Huffington Post, The Muse and The World Economic Forum blog. 

I hold a B.S. in Psychology from Michigan State University and a Ph.D. in Industrial & Organizational Psychology with a minor concentration in multivariate statistics, from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan.

Themes explored at this site:

  • Productivity: What habits & mindsets can support our work?
  • Supporting our Core: How can contributors bolster their psychological resources?
  • Managing Ourselves: How can we address the obstacles in our way?
  • Managing Others: How can we help others excel?

Please Note: The articles on this site are the intellectual property of the author — and cannot be used commercially without expressed written consent. Contact me at marlagottschalk@goba.work.

Find my work life articles at the following outlets: