Did you wake up today looking forward to something? Do you have challenging expectations that make you forget yesterday’s success and inspire you do your best to reach new heights? Are you performing whatever you do at higher level than in the past? Have you turned your yesterday’s goals to your today’s routine? There is no substitute for higher expectations for yourself and the organization you work for.
In December 22, 2006 I gave Boise State football team a presentation on the power of unfinished business as they prepared to play against the heavily favored Oklahoma Sooners. As usual, I shared a story of a disturbing reality on what happens when we have no unfinished business. I adjusted the story in chapter 28 of the Overcoming Buffaloes at Work & in Life for professional and personal endeavors. Here it is:

Why people succeed and then don’t remain successful is a phenomenon that has crossed my mind since my days of youth in Kangundo, Kenya as I painfully witnessed talented and successful students fail in exams after spectacular performance in previous testing.

To be admitted to government high school during my days, seventh grade students had to complete three exams: mathematics, English and general paper (this included geography, history, civics and general sciences). In the year I passed (I had failed in the previous year), only about ten students in a class of 120 received passing grades on the high school admission exam.

My high school class had 120 students who were there on academic merits. After four years only about 15 students passed another exam to qualify for the final two years of high school. Out of the 15 talented students, three of us went to university after passing an exam that forced our classmates to be left behind.

There are many parameters one can examine to determine what happened to the otherwise brilliant after being successful. Adjustments to living away from our parents, the freedom of making decisions about one’s life, or the subjects we studied are some factors that might have affected how these students thrived. Some students didn’t have time to study because they were preoccupied with family matters.

Yet that is what you see with teams, businesses, and individuals that were once a success story. You see the efforts, the focus, the exceptional customer service and the attention paid to details that helped them climb to the top. You see the fruits when the team, business or an individual is at the top. Then you see that yesterday’s success disappear into the unknown with unbelievable speed. You are then left with one question, “What went wrong?”

A team, business or an individual without unfinished business is a finished business—until some serious re-thinking, re-focusing and re-determining of what brought success and how to stay successful, is done and then followed by action.
  1. Loss of the initial vision, focus and determination.
    Think of the vision you had. How focused were you when you began? Is your determination the same?

  2. Relishing the success of the moment for too long.
    In my school, this was sad. Some of my fellow students relished their flying colors in past exams, but took no time to focus and prepare for what was ahead.

  3. Not adjusting soon enough for the challenges of new circumstances.
    Today’s world is different from that of our parents, whether in workplaces or at home. You have to evaluate where you are and what you must do to stay on top and adapt to the new challenges.

  4. Assuming that what got you there will keep you there.
    This is the fastest way to fall back faster than you climbed up. Competitors were also “climbing.” New methods of doing things are constantly being developed. Be in-tune with what’s new.

  5. Pride, arrogance and I-know-it-all attitude.
    I rest my case. But I must share one observation. It seemed like joining high school made some students forget that they still belonged to the Kamba tribe. Some came home, after just three months in a boarding school, pronouncing Kamba words with the same accent as European missionaries. Their walking style and their manners, too, had changed. It was hard to watch these students humbled back to the Kamba way of life by the next exam—when they failed.

  6. Forgetting that you have to keep growing to stay
    on top.
    When you don’t grow, you go.

  7. Inability to develop a new vision that creates new challenges to overcome, new territories to conquer, and new heights to attain.

The fastest way for an achiever to revert to mediocrity in any endeavor of their calling or profession, is to have no unfinished business. Competitive edge, continuous growth and success, are loosely tied to achieving established goals. The key is to turn yesterday’s goals into today’s routine. Then make it the platform you need to set goals that are more challenging, the ones you didn’t think of yesterday. You must see and set yourself up for a life beyond today’s goals.

You know where you are. You know how you got there. You know what is not working. How can you “pass” the next exam?

Adapted and used with permission from
Overcoming Buffaloes at Work & in Life



     - Dwight D. Eisenhower
  1. Authority: An effective leader empowers people by giving them authority that matches the responsibility he assigns to them. A leader has more power to achieve his goals when the people he leads have the authority they need to accomplish their responsibilities.

  2. Responsibility: People are more likely to succeed in what they do when their responsibilities are clear. An effective leader makes sure that people know how their job responsibilities relate to the goals, objectives and their organization’s vision. This creates a sense of purpose.

  3. Training: There is no substitute for skills and abilities. An effective leader empowers his people by making sure that they have the tools they need to make failing a non-option.

  4. Information: When a leader does not share information, his people create their own (which is not necessarily the right information). An effective leader provides information that empowers his people to focus on their responsibilities.

  5. High Expectations: No one achieves higher results with low expectations. An effective leader sets high expectations that challenge and inspire people to reach their full potential. High expectations unchain people from their self imposed limitations, thus discovering productivity assets they never knew they had.

  6. Feedback: One of the pitfalls of the traditional teacher-parent conferences is that they occur once a semester, sometimes too late to rectify a situation. An effective leader provides continuous feedback on performance. People are more likely to focus on one or two areas they need to improve in. Feedbacks allow a leader an opportunity to counsel, challenge and inspire people to grow.

  7. Recognition: Recognition is not only a self-confidence booster, it is also a motivator. In Toastmasters Club meetings, winning members are given ribbons or something each week. An effective leader recognizes the performance of his people constantly.

  8. Trust: Trust is what people need to believe in themselves. An effective leader creates trust so that his people achieve success with or without his presence.

  9. Permission to take risks: Most people would exceed expectations if only they could take risks. It is important for a leader to empower his people to take risks without fear of retribution if they fail.

  10. Respect: Treating people with dignity and respect inspires them to reach new heights of productivity, focus and appreciation. A leader who inspires the team can expect top performance any time.

  11. Example: That’s it.

  12. BONUS:
    Storytelling: All known effective teachers, leaders and coaches and preachers were/are great storytellers. They connect the human mind and soul with stories that creates ownership of organization/community’s vision at individual level. When story achieves its goal, results tell the rest of the story.


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Guest Keynote speaker: Ian Johnson,
Former Star Running Back, BSU Football
Instructor: Dr. Vincent Muli Kituku, author and international speaker
Other Speakers: Dale Dixon, AlejAndro Anastasio; Kathy McIntosh and Robert Detwiler
May 10th, 2011  at 8:00 a.m-1:30 p.m.
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The Future is here but there is a problem. It won’t last as we know it. Are you ready? Are the people who drive your organization’s bottom line equipped with the mental attitude needed in chaotic times? This seminar will provide you the tools to not only survive an unpredictable workplace, but also to thrive as the CEO of your life (you can’t afford to play a supporting role in your own life), create the work/life balance you need to grow and live a life with no regrets. Dr. Kituku's work and life strategies help people bring balance back to their lives. They learn how to develop and leverage a personal vision that takes their work performance to new heights and also discover important strategies for creating an extraordinary quality of life.

Here is a sample of some of the key tools you will learn in this seminar and use immediately in major aspects of your work and life:
  1. What is wrong with yesterday’s victories and how you can
    make them count

  2. 9 actions you need as the CEO of all you do

  3. Instant ways to discover your strengths and priorities

  4.  How to increase your productivity, stay motivated and focused

  5. 5 proven way to overcome obstacles and turn adversities
    into opportunities

  6. 7 must know strategies of balancing work and life

  7.  Involvements that give you more than a paycheck

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A business man was asked the secret of his success by one aspiring young entrepreneur. He said, “Jump at the moment you have an opportunity.” The youngster then asked him, “How can I know when the opportunity comes?” The sage replied him, “It’s not possible. That is why you must keep jumping so that when it comes, it finds you ready for it.

My mother used to tell me, “In life, opportunities knock, but sometimes they knock silently.” Years ago I read a story of how two men, Arthur and Walter, who were close friends took a ride through acres of orange trees to explore an undeveloped piece of land about twenty-five miles from the city. Walter wanted to build on the land and he invited Arthur to go with him to look the property over. He explained to Arthur what he planned on the site, and asked him to buy part of the land because the project would require more money than he, Walter, could afford. “I want you to have first chance at this surrounding acreage,” he told Arthur. “In five years it will increase in value several hundred times.”

Arthur thought Walter’s dream was too big, it had no basis. He talked about tight economic situation and said he would think about it another time. Walter explained that “another time” would be too late, but Arthur declined. Thus Art Linkletter missed the opportunity of owning the land, now adorned with swank hotels and world-class convention center surrounding what we know today as Disneyland. It was a silent opportunity and Walt Disney wanted his friend to be the beneficiary.

Arthur was not the last first or last person to miss a great opportunity. Look at your passed. Sometimes an opportunity is disguised as work or a little sacrifice. I guess you and I have to keep jumping.



Native of Kenya, Africa, and resident of Idaho since 1992, Vincent has been a featured speaker and trainer at numerous Real Estate conferences and training programs. An award winning speaker and writer, he is one of the less than 7% of all professional speakers to earn a CSP (Certified Speaking Professional), the highest award for professional speakers. Dr. Kituku has worked with championship sports teams and trained leaders on how to inspire productivity all the time. What sets Vincent apart is his ability to weave life experiences in Africa with corporate America and culture in providing solutions for personal and professional growth.

Dr. Vincent Muli Wa Kituku is known as a research-based motivational speaker. He presents motivational keynotes and training programs on leadership, employee motivation, overcoming buffaloes at work (change), customer service and living and working with cultural differences. Vincent is the founder and president of Kituku & Associates, LLC, a business that is dedicated to developing leaders and employees in business and in life.

What has set Dr. Kituku apart is the ability to use his experience in research to evaluate/assess client needs and then tailor his keynotes/training presentation to meet their objectives. Harold G. Delamarter, President/CEO, Prestige Care Inc. said, "Before the Retreat, Dr. Kituku gained as much information as possible about our company and the industry we are involved in. He made telephone calls to management team members to tailor his seminar very closely to the needs of our employees and the circumstances they face each day in the present economy. Dr. Kituku was so widely received in July, the decision was made to ask him to return to again present to our company in October."

Vincent's clients list includes Cisco Systems, Micron, Hewlett Packard, Genworth Financial, US Fish and Wildlife, US Air Force, Women Council of Realtors and National Association of Mental Health. He has been the motivational speaker for the successful Boise State Football Team since 1998. Dr. Kituku works have been featured by numerous publications including the Presentations Magazine, SkyWest Magazine, National Speakers Association Magazine and many newspapers which publish his weekly columns. Vincent holds the Certified Speaking Professional designation that is earned by fewer than 7% of all speakers worldwide.


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