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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16
Jul

Getting ready…

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For over a month now I have been reading articles and having conversations that shared a common theme:  a general sense of loss, fear and anxiety regarding the potential passing of  a global icon Tata Nelson Mandela.  (Tata is a Xhosa word for father used in deference to address an older male.) So in addition to the 5kg back pack I have been carrying on my walks to prepare for the Kilimanjaro climb, this has also been weighing heavily on my mind. My reflection is that for me there is no sense of loss per say. I reserve that for those…


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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

Climbing …….

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During high-school  I climbed Apuseni Mountains twice (1849m-Transylvania Romania). Four years ago I climbed Monte Cima  (1914m–L’Appenino Bolognese) and, if everything goes according to schedule, I will be on the top of the Kilimanjaro (5896m-Tanzania) on 29 September. When I look at myself, I define myself as ambitious and perseverant. I will explain to you shortly what I really mean by that. Today, before our business review meeting in our company, I shared my excitement with my colleagues and I was expressing my happiness and my excitement of climbing the Kili. Whilst looking  on the map I was explaining them that this…


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17
Jun

Training at -2m, dreaming about 5895m

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I did my first walking training yesterday. From Rotterdam to Delft, I walked for 17 km. It’s not a long distance compared to the Kilimanjaro hiking. But it’s a important starting point for me. To be honest, the training itself was light and pleasant. It is the best days of the whole year in the Netherlands, with sunshine and mild wind. My legs started to get sore after 2 hours of walking. But the beautiful scenery along the road easily distracted me, and I am no longer in pain. It may be hard to believe, but compared to the training,…


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17
Jun

Some reflections on leadership and challenges

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So, I’ve grabbed the opportunity and said ‘yes’ to the challenge of climbing Kilimanjaro… Yes…..and now? We’re supposed to learn about women empowerment, leadership and meeting challenges (or rather not avoiding challenges any longer). But half the time I’m not sure what these words mean. Take Leadership. Capital ‘L’ of course. I’m too modest to call myself a Leader. I’m a manager, perhaps even a (good) Manager. But Leader? Nelson Mandela was a Leader and Winston Churchill, Martin Luther King and Aung San Suu Kyi.  People who change the course of history, they’re Leaders. Or can the term be used…


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17
Jun

Climbing Kili: an ode to my mother

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I would like to dedicate this (my first blog ever!) to my mother, Mapitso Jeanette Phajane. She is always the person who comes to my mind whenever I reflect on what it means to be a woman who leads and the kind of leader I aspire to be. My mother was a teacher by training; however life and fortitude turned her into a pioneer, community leader, coach, tutor, care-giver, mentor, and a guide who shaped the lives of all she encountered. I have countless memories of meeting former pupils or people who crossed her path that simply had to pay…


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17
Jun

Somewhere between excitement, fear and humbleness…

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Thursday May 16th 2013 around 17h00, I am still at RSM working on an assignment. I received an Email from Hetty…I’m in! Really?… I’m in…, but I feel almost scared… Ohhh, I need to speak to my husband…”that’s cool” he says… I need to speak to my sisters… to my mum (she doesn’t pick up)… Ok. So what now? Can’t really answer that question now, I’m too excited to think. So I run around to see if I find any other future “Kili sister”, and on the way I’m telling whoever wants to hear it that I’m in…. One day…


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17
Jun

Do you know how it feels to be really excited about something but not to allow yourself much time to think about that subject?

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Hi All, I am one of the very happy participants into the 2013 Kilimanjaro Project. Though I am extremely excited about it, for now I cannot enjoy it the way I should, lost between school assignments and the challenges I have at work. My motto for these days is “One step at the time, or how not to miss the next deadline”. Today was Change management (done), tomorrow is the first blogging (almost there), next week is the Amazon’s valuation combined with a daily case write off for Sustainability. Should I mention also all researches for the In company project? Perhaps…


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17
Jun

Off to a start

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It is true, it is going to happen. I am going to climb Kilimanjaro.    Who am I? As you can read in my bio, my name is Jeanine Kok. I’m married to Peter and we have a 14 (almost 15) year old son, Vincent. I love my boys dearly. I work for ABN AMRO, where I head the Agency Syndicated Loans team. 16 People in Amsterdam, two in Singapore and one in New York. I am really hoping that at short notice we will also open shop in Brazil.   Early 2012 I started the Executive MBA, and I…


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