KILIMANJARO LEADERSHIP PROJECT

Rotterdam school of management

Erasmus University.




7
Jul

Climbing the mountain before going to Kilimanjaro

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When I applied for the RSM fulltime MBA last year, I was triggered by the RSM Kilimanjaro Leadership Project. I approached the project in a very positive way: spending time with amazing powerful women from around the world, sharing each others experiences, strengths and fears, while climbing the roof of the continent I hadn’t touched yet…what’s not to like about that? The fact that this project would help me grow on many levels and have a strong impact on me as a person, only added to my enthusiasm. I was pleasantly surprised when I got selected for the climb. After the…


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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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26
Aug

Women Empowering Women: the truth about Kilimanjaro

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Hetty after walk

I love sports! Oh, let me qualify – I love watching sports! Actually, the first statement was initially correct because, as a youngster, I was very involved in sports and, although I say so myself, I was actually quite good. My best achievements were mainly in athletics particularly long jump, high jump and 100m sprint. Therefore, it came as a great disappointment, when I was about 18, that this all had to end due to a knee injury. Four operations and many years later, osteoarthritis having spread to most of my joints, I had accepted the fact that sports, even…


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17
Jul

Growing and Developing

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Only 67 days left until our Kili experience!!! I cannot believe that I am already mid-way through my MBA program, time really flies, and each day seems faster and faster. I have been through so many challenges, working with different people from different countries and backgrounds, being part of activities that I never thought I would be participating in. The entire MBA journey has given me unique tools, not only hard skills but has particularly strengthened my soft skills. Since I applied to participate in the Kilimanjaro project, I already feel somehow more powerful; especially when I tell people about…


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17
Jul

Obsessed Much???

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Training and getting in shape for the mountain climbing had me counting every calorie, pushing myself and getting frustrated when I didn’t lose the pound. Made me look in the mirror more and punish myself when I didn’t like what I saw (which is often). I realized suddenly that what I was doing could not be healthy, and it scared me. It is so easy to turn something that is good to bad and so easy to tip to the other side. To turn a health resolution to an obsession and go overboard. As it slowly consumes you, it is…


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16
Jul

Going upstream.

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How many days are there in a year? Most people would answer 365 days, I would say: it depends. I was born on the 29th of February, a leap day that only occurs once in four years to keep the calendar aligned with the sun’s position.[1] As a child I was very much annoyed by it. I got to ‘really’ celebrate my birthday only once in four years. I disliked being different and thought of what it would be like to have a normal birthday that people wouldn’t forget and then justify by hiding behind the leap-day confusion. To comfort myself…


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21
Jun

Step 1 towards Kilimanjaro: Taking that first step

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A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. Lao-tzu, Chinese philosopher (604 BC – 531 BC) And in the case of our Kili climb the first step was the decision of 23 of us to signup for this journey. Since a few of us could finally participate, even the subscription itself was a journey! How do you make a video of yourself? What makes a good elevator pitch? And how do you then combine the two in a result that will get you a ticket to participate in this marvellous challenge to climb Kilimanjaro with a group…


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19
Jun

Daring greatly

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“That is what life is about – daring greatly, and being in the arena.” – Brené Brown What keeps us from stepping into the arena? Let’s look at some facts. Of the top Fortune 500 companies, currently only four percent of CEOs are women. In the US, 47 percent of the labor force is women, and let’s assume the global population is a 50/50 split. I can’t help but wonder – what is preventing women from stepping into the arena? For sure, one part of the equation is the entrenched workplace challenges for women who wish to have families, and…


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19
Jun

Kilimanjaro!

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I feel very lucky and grateful to have been selected for the Kilimanjaro Project; with the journey I want to strengthen the capability of creating a strong connecting link with female, empowering and encouraging each other. We women need to be able to support each other more, share keys of success, exchange ideas, and plan sustainable ways of doing business. Climbing a mountain has many meanings, it connects people with the beauty of nature and at the same time it invites people to advance step by step with the aim of reaching the summit. Every step is an opportunity to…


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19
Jun

CONQUERING THE KILIMANJARO…MY JOURNEY SO FAR

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It still feels surreal when I tell people that I’m going to climb Kilimanjaro. I knew what I was getting myself into when I sent in the video but now that it’s actually happening I’m experiencing a myriad of emotions as I prepare myself physically and mentally for the climb. Yay! Really?: It took me around a week for it to sink in that I was actually climbing the Kilimanjaro. I would look at the acceptance e-mail several times in a day just to make sure that I had not dreamt receiving it! This is real: On June 1st we…


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