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Transforming organisations and communities has been lifelong work for Josephine Palermo, Director, Geared for Growth. With a PhD in Organisational Psychology and numerous publications in areas of quality enhancement, cultural change, coaching and leadership, she creates lasting change in people, processes, and total systems.

She has vast experience in designing and implementing people and culture strategies across many sectors / industries. Recent programs included driving a new customer advocacy strategy across Telstra Operations 14000 employees and the successful delivery of large digital transformation. The agile transformation of teams she co-led in Telstra IT resulted in an increase in team trust and clarity across 3000 staff. Strategy implementation once took 12 months now takes 3-4 months. A large-scale SAP transformation for Orica Manufacturing was implemented via dynamic workforce management and leader led change for 300 people across 5 global sites.

Josephine is passionate about new ways of working and inspired by technology, particularly how it can transform people’s lives and build better teams. Recently she delivered a webinar for 100’s of Local Government  leaders across the state of Victoria on managing in a hybrid workplace environment which led to significant changes in over five local Council organisations. A skilled speaker, educator, and facilitator Josephine has delivered 1000’s of hours of training and workshops, often at a national level. 

She loves to help people think about work differently so that we can bring our whole self to work. She advocates for workplace health and psychological wellbeing in work and leadership. In 2017, she co-founded a co-working company Higher Spaces, that focuses on developing mentally healthy workplaces to realise her vision of sharing this idea more widely with a broader community.

Geared for Growth values innovation, social progress, teamwork, flexibility and agility. Geared for Growth is bold and colourful yet diligent and thorough. We apply systems thinking and know how to execute change for small or large teams.

Part of Josephine’s superpower is finding untapped potential in people and systems, freeing up resources that can be used to help businesses grow and thrive. 


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If you would like to work with a company making a real difference to corporate culture and teams, contact us for a FREE discovery call.

Thank you so much for everything you have done for me over the past few years. You are a real pleasure to work with and in my long career by far the best manager that I have had. You are one of the few people who actually lives what they say and this integrity goes a long way in my book. I actually wondered whether Telstra was big enough for you as you are one of these exceptional people who has the talent to operate on a world stage.
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Frank Henery
Organisational Change Manager | Benefits Realisation, Telstra, 2019
I wanted to express my gratitude to you for helping me through that really tough stage at {company name withheld}. The experience brought up so many different things for me and I certainly wouldn't be feeling how I feel today without your guidance and support. I feel proud that I ended it the way I did and even prouder for making the decision to take myself out of the situation – realising that the environment was not aligned with what I wanted. So thank you.
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Susan C.
Coaching Client, 2019
Just want to say thanks a lot for an amazing and insightful talk during 1st conference yesterday. It was one of the best team and leadership talk I have ever been to in recent times. Thanks a million again!!!
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Sandip Ranananavare
Agile Delivery Consultant, 2020
Congratulations Josephine and thank you for joining our Orica family. We are so lucky to have you – your insight, inspiration, commitment, and hard work have already been of immeasurable benefit to our people.
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Jasmine Doak
Vice President - HR Australia, Pacific and Asia, Orica, 2020
Josephine help us get our people in manufacturing scatter across 30 sites around the globe ready for a large single go live cutting across all aspects of operations, supply chain, maintenance and finance. As an engineering centric part of the organisation, Josephine made sure that we engaged our people's hearts as well in what has turned out to be our most challenging change but ultimately a successful one thanks to Josephine and her efforts.
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Darryl Cuzzubbo
Chief Manufacturing Office, 2021