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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17
Jul

Woman features will not stop me from climbing!

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Menstruation, an issue that none of the women can avoid. In China, mothers teach girls not to participate in sports during their period. We also use the period as an excuse to skip the sports classes in school, especially the tough long distance running. “No sports during the period” has become a norm, which is rooted deeply in my head since I was very young. The first incident to challenge this “norm” happened last year when I participated in the Beijing marathon. It was the first time I challenge myself to run 21 km. I trained for a whole month. The…


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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

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

Manage your energy.

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Chinese medicine teaches us that energy is the beginning of all progress, it underlies every motion in life. Recently I realized this is probably the most important preparation before embarking on any journey. I found myself asking: how do I increase my levels of energy physically, mentally and emotionally to reach high altitudes? In 3 months, God willing, this will be a physical height called Kilimanjaro.  I’m learning the answer to my question by trial. In preparation for my climb to Kilimanjaro my conviction is being confirmed: closeness to nature and respectfully challenging my body and mind brings me the…


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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

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

Are you really for real?

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How often do we hear conversations about how managers should lead? In these conversations, there is a philosophical approach to The Best Leader. This seems to come down to a set of do’s and don’ts used when motivating others. This debate is the reason I struggle with the management church of Authentic Leadership. To avoid any misinterpretation: I am very much in favor of authenticity on the work floor. What bothers me though, is the moral prescription how a true leader has to be authentic. To me, there is a paradox in defined authenticity as part of the Leadership debate. Next…


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16
Jun

Ready?

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Slightly nervous, carrying a backpack with my walking shoes, I arrived at the first meeting for the ‘Kili sisters of 2013’. Ready to learn ánd walk with the women I hope to reach the ‘Roof of Africa’ with. While this meeting gave us a first introduction to each other and the ‘why’ of this programme, now it is time to start the training! The first blisters are checked, a hiking store visited, the flight booked, and the motivation to keep up with the training schedule is present. What more preparation do we need?   From an emotional perspective, the Kilimanjaro…


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