High 5 with Simone Roche MBE

May 2021

In the last month lots has changed as we move closer to summer and lockdown restrictions have eased. We have kept up our weekly high-5 tradition and I am extremely grateful to be able to say that 4 out of my 5 high 5’s are about being able to socialise and see people in person!


1. Live in Liverpool 

Undoubtedly one of the standout highlights from the last month is the face to face time I’ve spent with my team. Last week, two of my Southern Power Women came up to Liverpool to spend some time in our office and to meet the team. Despite having interacted with my team every single day virtually, I hadn’t met all of them in person until last week! Once we’d got over how tall or short everyone was, being able to collaborate and strategize in person was amazing. Nothing quite beats the energy you get from collaborating and brainstorming with people in person. 


2. Team building with Shiverpool

After an in-person team strategy day, we did a Shiverpool Walk around Liverpool City Centre. Shiverpool is an independent organisation who offer a series of interactive guided tours featuring the ghoulish back stories of the city’s most famous landmarks. Not only was it hilarious, fun-filled, and a great way for the team to break the ice and get to know each other better, it was also fantastic to be able to support such a great local business after a particularly tough year. If you’re looking for a hair-raising activity to do with your team, friends or family, book a Shiverpool tour! 


3. A session with Gary Garnczarczyk

One of the key elements of strategizing we did in-person was during our brand session with Gary Garnczarczyk. As the owner of Harry, Larry + Gary, a highly successful brand, print and web agency, Gary has been bringing his specialist set of skills to help us with our branding, messaging and business goals. After meeting with Gary and getting his expert perspective on our identity as an organisation, I am filled with excitement about what the future holds for our passionate and powerful community, powered from the North of the UK. 


4. Out out in Manchester 

My fourth high 5 of May is my recent trip to Manchester with Claire Ebrey, Sharon Amesu and Sandy Lindsay MBE. After being apart for more than 14 months, being reunited once again was a much-needed reinvigoration, and a reminder that despite our recent isolation, these kinds of meaningful relationships can never be dampened by distance or time apart. 


5. The Be Heard launch 

On Monday 24th of May, our unique Be Heard platform was launched with an empowering and uplifting online event, ‘Speak up to Level up: Your one way ticket out of your comfort zone’. I was joined by the Be Heard ambassadors as we encouraged viewers to step out of their comfort zone and use Be Heard as a way to expand their skill set and grow their confidence. It was great to see over 100 viewers commenting how inspired and uplifted they felt after listening to the ambassador’s stories. This is what happens when we amplify each others’ voices and are brave enough to #BeHeard, and I can’t wait for more!


If you haven’t yet, make sure to take up the NPW High 5 tradition with your team. Book in a High 5 call as your last meeting on a Friday, and encourage everyone to share the person, accomplishment or even the takeaway that’s making them High 5.

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