KILIMANJARO LEADERSHIP PROJECT

Rotterdam school of management

Erasmus University.




24
Nov

Amazing teamwork

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Yes, we made it! What a great experience! Although I tried to imagine how the climb would be, still it was different. Climbing the first 5 days was easier than expected. It was mainly easier because we had real fun with a fantastic group of women. Talking and laughing made the walking much easier. The night were harder than expected. First it was freezing cold during the nights. Although wearing many, many layers of clothes, wearing my hat and gloves, it kept on being cold. Freezing cold. Secondly I woke up every night around 1am, and couldn’t sleep anymore for…


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24
Nov

SUPPORT! SUPPORT! SUPPORT!

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You may ask why support?  Well, l would have to tell you the story of how l made it to the top of Kilimanjaro (Uhuru Peak). I arrived Tanzania 1 ½ days earlier to prepare myself mentally for the climb. I was a bit apprehensive about day one of the climb especially since I had not trained as much as I would have liked. I was also worried about how my body would react to the high altitude. Come the Sunday evening, we pick the rest of the team from the Airport and head off to the B&B in Kyalla Village, Marangu West…


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5
Nov

Coming Home

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Returning from Kilimanjaro I am facing a lot of mixed emotions. Yes – I went to Kilimanjaro and was incredibly lucky to be there and have the chance to climb the mountain. But now that it’s over, my experience was very anti-climactic and I was not given the chance to achieve the goals I had set for myself on this trip. When I first arrived in Africa I was a huge bundle of nerves. I was super excited to be there and very proud of myself for getting myself from Rotterdam to Tanzania (in the two weeks leading up to…


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4
Nov

An Amazing Journey

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Wow! This was one of my most unique experiences. When starting on this project I could only imagine how it would be like getting out of your comfort zone without the knowing. I had no idea what it would be like, everything was the first time for me; first time camping, first time within a big group of only  women, first time climbing such a mountain, first time disconnected for so long from the rest of the world. Looking back on it I’m happy I didn’t know what it would be like because only then you can be truly open for the moment,…


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4
Nov

Triumphs, Time, Teams and Tears

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What an exceptional project, what an exceptional group of women, what an exceptional experience. Coming into the project I had certain expectations and some apprehensions. What would my experience be like joining a group of  women that I didn’t know? Would they welcome me? Would they see me as the corporate that just ‘dropped in’? What would ‘living and climbing’ with a group of twenty women be like? Would natural collaboration come to the fore or would those competitive and often destructive behaviours so often seen in corporate settings set the tone for the project? I think like many of…


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4
Nov

Part three: Get running

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The third part is the “I want to get off this freaking mountain as soon as possible”. Having walked for 5 and a half days to reach the summit you would like to stay there to enjoy the view and make some great pictures. Unfortunately at the summit the oxygen level is so low that you want to spend there as little time as possible. Some of us understood this fact a bit better than others as they took off to be back at Kibo Hut in about 2 hours. Just for reference: going up took us 8 hours and…


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4
Nov

Part two: fight those thoughts.

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After four days in which only minor problems occurred we got to summit night. But before explaining summit night I have to explain the hours before first. Day four started off normal. Wake up at 6.30 to be at breakfast at 7.30 all packed. After only one hour we could already see our next camp: Kibo Hut. Minor detail: although we saw the camp we still needed to walk for 4 hours. While walking you could see that the most of us were already thinking about and mentally preparing for summit night as only 12 hours later it would start….


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4
Nov

Little things

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Despite the Dutch rainy weather, and having spent all day in an office again, I am writing this blog with my head still in the Tanzanian clouds. Maybe also because I just saw some of the pictures again. And maybe the fact that I still don’t have a smartphone (the lucky thing is probably still somewhere in Africa) at the moment, which makes social life back home a bit unfamiliar, as having no Whatsapp almost feels like social isolation. Or maybe because it was an incredible experience, and my head still cannot fully comprehend what it meant; climbing the mountain…


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3
Nov

The way does matter

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Is the way of reaching a goal more or less important than achieving it? Do we know what our boundaries are? Will we make a decision when called upon? When do we know enough is enough? Many A-type leaders (hands up for me too…) set goals and then run after those goals like crazy rabbits running after a giant carrot. And that is ok. But aren’t there many smaller carrots on the way? Aren’t those also tasty? “We are together!” That is what my guide or malaika (angel in Swahili) said to me in that morning. “Do you feel dizzy/…


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3
Nov

What’s next?

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It is not easy to believe that it’s already been a week since we were on top of Kilimanjaro. Actually, it is not important for me anymore that we were there, it seems just one point we passed during the trip; more important is the journey itself spent with our wonderful Kili sisters. Before this trip, I expected that I would be excited about reaching the summit, but now, at the the end, what I remember is more about the stories from chats with Kili sisters and the views that we saw during the entire journey, indeed we had plenty of time to…


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