About Dr. Gottschalk


Industrial & Organizational Psychologist. Diagnostician. Worklife Strategist.

I write about life, work & productivity.

My work focuses on building core stability. I believe that stability leads to so many great outcomes in work life — including healthy teams, increased creativity and innovation. (You can read more about core stability at The Harvard Business Review.)background-2

Core stability gets to the heart of things. To the elements that must be present for 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 consulting organization which brings the concept of Core Stability to contributors around the world.  With our proprietary assessment and The Core Masterclass, we help leaders support great work from the inside out.

During my career, I’ve worked with clients representing the auto, education, technology, hotel & non-profit sectors, where I have helped leaders 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.