KILIMANJARO LEADERSHIP PROJECT

Rotterdam school of management

Erasmus University.





Kilimanjaro Leadership Project 2012

From 21 till 31 October 2012, using the mountain as a classroom and as a metaphor for business, 17 women will experience leadership in ever-changing environments while climbing Kilimanjaro in the MBA elective course at RSM, RSM MBA Kilimanjaro Leadership Project. These women will need to work together and lead each other through difficult terrain to push past physical and mental barriers in their trek to the 5,895 meter summit. They will be led by Rebecca Stephens, the first British woman to climb Everest, and the highest mountain on every continent.

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20
Mar

A bridge between Japanese women in the tsunami affected area and Kili ladies

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I delivered a banner with full of messages from Kilimanjaro ladies to women in tsunami affected area in Northeast Japan to Ofunato-city in March 2012.   I carried the banner to the summit of Kilimanjaro to pray for women in the tsunami affected area in the Northeast Japan. The banner was filled with messages from all Kilimanjaro ladies 2013 from 12 countries to mothers with new-born babies in tsunami affected area. Though it was very tough and difficult journey to reach the top for me, I managed to bring the flag to the top of the mountain.   The root…

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23
Nov

Roller Coaster

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That is how I feel after coming back from our trip to Kilimanjaro. At first I felt it had to do with my hectic agenda: three days after my return I flew to South-America for my MBA (global residency in Mexico City and Sao Paulo). Then I had a full agenda for work: budget 2013, annual staff meetings and staff evaluation. Actually not much time was left to process everything that happened on Kilimanjaro. Only this week I started to rethink and relive the trip and again my first emotion is that it was an amazing experience, even though I…

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19
Nov

“Pole Pole”

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It has been three weeks since we stood on the roof of Africa and at some moments it feels like forever, while looking at the pictures it feels like yesterday. Having been back from Tanzania for only one week, some of the experiences still have to sink in before I will be able to draw any conclusions from them. However, there was one important moment in our climb that was very typical for who I am. This moment showed both my strengths and weakness and was therefore an experience I have reflected on alone and with other people. In order…

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19
Nov

Because of giving and receiving … Because of caring and selflessness …

Posted by in Kilimanjaro, Kilimanjaro 2012

It has already been 2 weeks since I’m back from Africa and the unforgettable life experience I had the privilege to share on this beautiful mountain with 16 exceptional Kili sisters … And inspiring guides… At least I am physically back as my head is still filled with the stars of the Kili nights and the incredible memories and learning that this experience has brought me! What made this journey so exceptional? Well, many things … But I believe first and foremost the people who gave of themselves on this mountain. I feel blessed for having had the opportunity to live…

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9
Nov

My definition of success

Posted by in Kilimanjaro, Kilimanjaro 2012

I was questioned if I should see the result of the climb as a success or a failure because I could not walk back to the base camp by myself and I was grabbed down by a guide from the summit immediately after I arrived the top of the mountain. I did not question strongly enough if I should keep on walking or decide to go down. I had no option to give up 30 minutes before the peak even though I did not feel comfortable in walking at all and could hardly walk by myself in normal way. Now I…

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9
Nov

Beppo the street sweeper –

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This is a story my coach Andrea Raulinat of Bravura Consulting shared with me. It seems to me a nice metaphor of the process of climbing mountains and explains why “pole pole” and “hakuna matata” may work to reach any goal in life. Beppo the street sweeper did his work willingly and thoroughly. He knew it was a necessary work. When he returned to the street, he did it slowly, but surely, one breath at every step and every breath is a stroke with the broom. Step – breath – stroke, step – breath – stroke……….. In between, he sometimes…

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8
Nov

Journey of learning

Posted by in Kilimanjaro, Kilimanjaro 2012

First of all I would like to express my gratitude. I am very happy that I have been part of the ‘Kilimanjaro 2012 climbing team’ of RSM and that ABN AMRO made it possible for me (and other MBA students) to join this very special project. And we did it! Sunday 28th of October around 8.30h we were at Uhuru Peak, the roof of Africa (taking lots of pictures)! Before the climb everybody talked about the life changing experiment that was about to happen, but looking back I would not call the climb a life changing experience. Yes, it was…

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8
Nov

Go Beyond the Limits –Day5~Day7 Kilimanjaro Challenge

Posted by in Kilimanjaro, Kilimanjaro 2012

Day 5 we got closer to our final destination. In the morning we departed from Mawenzi to Kibo Hut—the base camp of the Uhuru summit. After a short period of time climbed out from Mawenzi valley, we can see the majestic Kilimanjaro laying in front of us. I had seen her pictures more than hundreds times and I even painted her, now she was so close out there. She was like a queen carved with marks of infinity calmly sitting there and watching people and telling them “don’t worry about, everything will be alright”. We can also see two tiny…

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8
Nov

Reaching the Summit!

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I returned home from Tanzania one week ago. Since the day I arrived I can’t stop thinking of the mountains and the amazing experience we went through during this incredible journey. I enjoyed spending time with the incredible group of ladies that were with me during this journey. Every one of them contributed somehow to make this trip a memorable experience. I had the opportunity to chat, to share, to laugh, to dance and to sing together with the entire team. So now, we know much more about each other and because we bonded so well, I will surely be…

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8
Nov

The biggest learning

Posted by in Kilimanjaro, Kilimanjaro 2012

Probably returning home without having been to the summit is not what you wish for when you set up on this trip. And for sure it is not the most pleasant option. But Kilimanjaro is only a mountain, isn’t it? Let us not forget that it is a subject for us to learn about challenges, empowerment, support and leadership. It is not the goal as such; it is the road to the goal. The summit is the means to reach the goal, so the goal can be reached anywhere on the way to the summit. Which is more challenging, to…

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