Humility: An important quality to becoming a Limitless Leader™ – Part 2

Following on from Part 1 of our interview with Maria Palazzolo, CEO of GS1 Australia, we continue this week with part 2.

To recap, Maria Palazzolo joined the organisation 35 years ago as a return-to-work mother after taking the previous 6 years off to have her children and be a full time mum in their preschool years.

With just a few people in the business and limited understanding of the business and the industry they operated in, Maria and her team have been able to build GS1 into a now 170-strong team, with a membership of 20K Australian companies, which they are proud to serve every single day with their barcoding and scanning technologies.

In this week's episode, Maria shares:

  • The one mistake in her career that has been the most valuable lesson;
  • The single trait a company needs to attract and retail talent;
  • The leader that has most impacted her, and why?
  • Why ‘listening’ is such an important skill.

And, finishing the show with our Quick Trivia questions:

  • What is your favourite word?
  • What sound or noise do you love?
  • What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?



Limitless Leaders Podcast Episode 4: Maria Palazzolo GS1 Australia with Renee Giarrusso

About Maria Palazzolo:

Maria joined GS1 Australia 35 years ago as a return to work mother after taking the previous 6 years off to have children and be a full time Mum in their preschool years. Limitless Leaders Podcast Episode 4: Maria Palazzolo GS1 Australia

The organisation consisted of only a couple of people and was in a business that she did not understand or have any previous knowledge.

Known then as the Australian Product Number Association it had been set up by industry to introduce into Australia the very misunderstood technology of bar codes and scanning at the point of sale in supermarkets.

Today of course, it would be hard to find any supermarket, or retail store, warehouse or hospital, or thousands of other different environments where bar codes are not present.  Every consumer, patient, worker is in some way positively impacted by the information that is accessed by scanning the humble bar code.

Today GS1 Australia has 170 staff, and a membership of 20 thousand Australian companies that we are proud to serve every single day.


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