Issue Number: Volume VIII No. 2 Publisher: Kituku & Associates
Date of Issue: February 2009.  © 2009—Overcoming Buffaloes in Our Lives. All Rights Reserved.
Be a part of a community.
To survive and thrive at any time, you must harness the power of togetherness like redwood trees. Each tree has the potential to grow to its maximum potential both in size and longevity. Yet, redwood trees are vulnerable as individuals because of their shallow root system. Redwood trees need each other to withstand the elements. You need your team members, your network groups and other connections to not only withstand the elements but thrive at all times. You need to learn from those who have been there and done it.
Don’t suffer from Impala Syndrome.
The story about the African Impala covered in chapter 10 of the book, Overcoming Buffaloes at Work & in Life: What You Need to Increase Productivity, Overcome Setbacks and Stay Motivated Without Leaving Your Life Behind, highlights what we have and what not to focus on. With the potential to jump 10 feet high and land 30 feet from where it starts jumping, an Impala can’t jump when it is surrounded by a three feet high fence. It focuses on the fence. You have the ability and you can be creative enough to live up to your potential. BUT do not focus on the obstacle you have to overcome. Focus on the life you envision once the obstacles are overcome.
You must go to where the cow is if you want milk.
 In my childhood grazing days, I never saw a cow backing-up to be milked. It a catastrophic mistake to expect opportunities to come to where you are. Your courage, creativity, determination and persistence must be developed beyond the occasional excitement to act. You have to be a habitual searcher and/or creator of opportunities
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Till the soil and plant the seed even if no rain is in sight.
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Start with what you have.

Photo by Craig Frame

Look at this photo of a pupil in Kenya, taken by my friend, Craig Frame Owner and Developer of Silverado Pines (, who poses with pride showing off a fake watch. In my youth I had the same dream—having a watch and behaved exactly like that boy. I would get a piece of paper, draw a circle, write 12, 3, 6 and 9 inside the circle as I had seen on watches and then get a rubber band and tie
it around my wrist. I displayed that fake watch with pride. Looking back, that was the seed for the custom made watch and clocks that I have. You don’t get what you want without starting with what you have—even if what you have is just a thought.

Learning how to set yourself apart at work and in life
Re-discovering talents and resources you need for growth
Thriving by repeatedly providing exceptional service
Being part of something bigger than a career
Bouncing back after setbacks
Moving forward without leaving your life behind
If so, Overcoming Buffaloes at Work & in Life is for you and your organization. Overcoming Buffaloes at Work & in Life provides practical tools to help individuals, corporations, public and nonprofit organizations, teams and families increase productivity, provide exceptional customer service, and stay motivated and focused. The fresh ideas in this book will take you to new heights of work experiences without leaving your life behind.

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Dear Vincent,…Thank you so much…"Overcoming Buffaloes" has had a huge impact on my life, I loved reading about your experiences. The book helped me adjust my perspective and to be grateful for the life I've been given.”

Nancy Pattison, Eugene, OR

Vincent:... as I was going through my email I came across your latest "Overcoming Buffaloes" newsletter and I took time to read it. As I read the story of the hair in the chicken dinner, I remembered the positive way I felt when I first heard that story in your presentation…I feel a little stronger…as I reflect on the relatively trivial inconveniences and realize that I may be overlooking the blessings that might be hidden within…”

Sue Madarieta,
Manager, Center for Business and Management Technology

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Are they inspired and fired up to act on what you said
or do they feel discouraged, disillusioned and manipulated?
How you say what you say matters.

A story is told of a church member who invited a friend for a second time to his church. As they drove home after the service the friend commented that he had noticed the church had a new pastor. Out of curiosity, he asked, “What happened to the pastor who preached the last time I was here?”

His host replied that the church had fired the previous pastor. His friend asked him why? The churchman said it was because that pastor used to preach and tell his congregation they would go to Hell when they die.

His friend asked, “Is the church going to fire the new one because he also preached about going to Hell today?

The church man said, “No.

His bewildered friend asked whether it was fair to fire one pastor and hire another with the same message. The parishioner told him that when the former pastor preached, he seemed happy that his congregation was going to Hell after they died. But the new pastor, seemed heartbroken that his flock would go to Hell.

The words of a caring leader and how they are delivered are the crucible for motivation, focused efforts sustainable team spirit and productivity. They either bring hope or discouragement. They inspire people to do whatever is humanly possible to accomplish their goals and those of their organization or discourage people from living up to their potential.

People must feel or perceive that their leader is honest about their concerns. When a leader can relate to those he/she expects to act at a personal level (from personal experience or expectations), that touches the heart, thus prompting creativity and actions that turn goals into reality.
Great leaders communicate not to create panic or fear. Fear can indeed motivate immediate action, but true leaders want people to reach new heights in their endeavors at all times.
The message of hope is the most effective tool a leader can use to boost creativity, commitment and perseverance.
When people know and believe that their leader genuinely values the efforts they are making, they become more devoted to their organization’s cause.
Words and delivery style that inspire positive action ensure continuous success as opposed to the incidental successes brought by manipulative actions.

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You have mastered the content of your speech or training materials. Your delivery style is uniquely capable of captivating audiences. But you still have divided audiences—some participants are enthralled by your speech while others sit quietly, sneak out without looking at you directly, let alone commenting about your presentation.
And you wonder—what went wrong?

Must avoid jokes and a few other practices can divide any audience into those who feel they learned something, those who feel offended and/or embarrassed, and/or those who feel they wasted their resources, time and money.

One reality, however, must be addressed before we deal with what to avoid. Never expect 100% approval rating for any presentation you give. But you can receive 100% positive reviews where all participants are satisfied or exceedingly satisfied by your presentation content and manner of delivery.

Let’s start with the one most speakers and/or leaders
must make efforts to avoid:

Foul language. Some refer to it as “colorful.” Not every participant in the audience is enthused by “colorful” words or sentences. Most speakers try to neutralize their foul language by saying, “excuse my French.” Fact: some participants in the audience are offended when you use your “French” while nobody is affected when you DON’T
use it.


Any religious jokes—whether they are time tested or your own inventions are known to create uneasiness among participants, unless they are self-deprecating.


Political jokes are better kept to yourself, again unless they are self-deprecating. It is amazing how audiences are composed of people with differing political views.


Sex jokes, unless you are conducting marriage enrichment seminar attended by married couples, are better left alone.


Turning one or a few participants into “punching bags” for your jokes or sense of humor. This point needs no further explanation.



Your appearance. This is interesting…audiences have expectations of what constitutes a professional speaker including his/her attire. Embarrassing outfits are to be avoided like poison ivy. Professional, cultural or religious attire won’t make audiences wonder whether they are in the wrong place.


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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