KILIMANJARO LEADERSHIP PROJECT

Rotterdam school of management

Erasmus University.




7
Jul

Why mountains? Why Kilimanjaro?

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Well, finally a new mountain is waiting for me! I’ve been to the mountains before, but after the birth of my son I had to take a break, because he was too small to accompany me in the trips. Now I am going back. Why do people go there? Why do people get connected and can hardly stop? One of the most remarkable experiences I have ever had was in Argentina. The team was just two people. The path was not on the high altitude but very steep and had many obstacles: huge trees on the road, cold mountain rivers……


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18
Sep

Climbing Kilimanjaro for empowerment of women in Guatemala

Posted by in Kilimanjaro, Kilimanjaro 2012

Dear reader, As you are well aware of,  16 women and the two of us will climb Africa’s highest mountain, the Kilimanjaro from 21-31st of October. Using the mountain as a classroom, we will experience leadership in ever-changing environments during our climb. The programme will force us to work together and to encourage and lead each other through difficult terrain to push past physical and mental barriers in our trek to the 5,895 meter summit. In addition to keeping you updated on our progress in our way to the top, we would also like to use our clim to raise awareness for a special programme…


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28
Aug

The Kili Project or The Promise of a Great Adventure!

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Well, hi everyone out there !! As part of my MBA at RSM, I am taking part in a great project: “the Kilimanjaro leadership project” (also known as the” Kili” project) and I am very excited to write my first blog ever about this great adventure!! Climbing the Kilimanjaro is something that probably would have never crossed my mind if it was not for these last two years of my life. Why not? Well, you know, “too busy at work”, “too busy travelling”, “too busy studying”, “too unfit”, “too fat”, “too weak”, “too untrained” … What changed  in this last year?…


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23
Jul

Introduction at start of the Kili journey

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Why I join the project Hi, I’m Monique and selected for the Kilimanjaro Leadership Project. I’ve heard of the Kilimanjaro project in 2011 when I’ve attended the lecture of Rebecca Stephens about the 7 summits. It was a great presentation and it gave me a WOW feeling: what an achievement and what a powerful woman. I bought the book and while reading it, I thought about the Kilimanjaro Leadership Project of RSM. How amazing would it be to develop yourself and support other women in developing themselves while climbing a mountain? Now I’m selected and I know for sure that…


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24
Oct

The tough path towards becoming a better person: beautiful people do not happen

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It took me a while to be able to write again about the Kilimanjaro project. I was waiting since April for the trip. I had to call off the trip one day before my flight after realizing that my injuries made me unfit for the climb. It was certainly one of the toughest decisions of my life to date. I was devastated and literally broken in thousands of pieces… I was fighting an injury on my knee and Achilles for about a month. It seemed clear that the risk of climbing 6000m in such conditions would be insane, but my…


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5
Sep

New meaning

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Suddenly climbing Kilimanjaro has a whole new meaning to me. Two weeks ago I was looking forward to a nice walk with a group of strong women and to work on my personal development. Boy, was I wrong…Now I am looking forward to find new meaning, peace of mind, and crawl out of the valley of despair. Thanks to professor George I know now that change is everywhere and change means problems. So don’t panic….it is perfectly normal to be a little out of balance after suddenly ending a relationship that I thought would be forever. So the last weeks have…


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30
Aug

RSM Regatta: Learnings for Kili

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Well, the “ladies first” boat didn’t come in 1st during RSM’s MBA Sailing Regatta…but I (we) learned a lot about preparing and setting expectations, communication, and teamwork while sailing on the all-women Kilimanjaro boat during the Regatta. Our skipper(s), Wendy and Dana, did an excellent job of making sure that every woman felt comfortable with the terminology and functionality of the boat before we ever left the marina. These great ladies also ensured that we understood our specific “jobs” and could do them well. Their belief in our somewhat capabilities made the time on the boat fly and kept us…


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19
Aug

Why to climb the Kilimanjaro?

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When an elective course to climb Kilimanjaro was offered in RSM it came to my mind that I can take as many courses as I can take, but climbing with women is one experience that will not come twice in my life. When I decided to climb I was motivated, but  I am not a sports person at all. However, I said to myself,  “Why not change the perception I have of myself, of what can I do or want I am able to do. The decision about what I want do in my life is mine.” On the other…


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19
Aug

RSM Regatta: Coming About on the Kili Boat

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The RSM MBA Sailing Regatta starts tomorrow and I will be sailing on the all-women ‘Kilimanjaro’ boat. While I have sailed in regattas before and had experience (sipping cocktails) while cruising on my parent’s 34’ sailboat, I have not had the chance to be on an all-women race crew. The sailboat will hold a mix of staff, Kili climbers, MBA12/Women in Management club members and female friends with varying degrees of experience (we do have a certified female skipper though!). The Kili/Women Rock boat is going to be a force to be reckoned with! First, I think all business schools…


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