Issue Number: Volume VII No. 7 Publisher: Kituku & Associates
Date of Issue: July 2008.  © 2008—Overcoming Buffaloes in Our Lives. All Rights Reserved.

By Dr. Vincent Muli Wa Kituku

You know how punishing the skyrocketing gas prices have been. A day hardly passes without reading or hearing of layoffs in your local community. The increasing costs of food stuffs have made us more cautious about what to buy, from where, and how much. Local jobs are being shipped to foreign lands. Organizations are in a perpetual re-structuring mode. The future seems not so promising as analysts predict tougher times ahead as floods claim more food crops and more corn is diverted to ethanol production.
Individuals and organizations alike are deeply concerned about this darkening economic cloud. Is there way out? What will it take and who should be involved?

We turn to life in the jungle to get practical perspectives to help us through this downturn. Consider, if you will, a pack of four to five lions faced with the challenge of surviving. The only way to
survive is to attack a mature water buffalo. The buffalo has the power, ability and pure meanness to maim and/or kill a lion. Those lions have key strategies they follow to succeed in bringing down the buffalo while keeping the pack intact for future success.

Understand the complexity of an individual’s success in a team setting.
An individual lion’s chance of having a buffalo meal depends on the strength of the pack. The success of the pack, however, in bringing that buffalo down depends on each individual lion’s contribution. Your success is intricately tied to the overall success of your organization or community. Just give your best.
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Tackle one “buffalo” at a time.
It is amazing to witness lions separating their prey from a herd. They know it’s impossible to fight a whole herd of water buffaloes. Focusing on the specific task needed to turn goals into reality is what will keep organizations viable and individuals employed.

Partner with others.
The Idaho Statesman is now partnering with a relatively smaller competitor, the Idaho Press Tribune, in what they portrayed as an effort to reduce printing costs. That’s the survival strategy of the jungle. We can even learn from politicians—they have no permanent political enemies, especially when they need an ally for a given issue. Turn competitors into partners.

Change as things change.
The Serengeti migration presents a premier lesson for those who are stuck in a past that can never exist again. The factors, availability of water and grass that prompt herbivores (like buffaloes) to travel hundreds of miles are beyond the control of carnivores (like lions). But as the prey changes location in search of life necessities, so does the predator. As your industry changes, don't waste energy and time wishing for a bygone past. Change before you are changed.

Renew your motivation.
Motivation is like food—you need several meals a day to keep you functional. You will need to renew your motivation, fuel your passion and focus on the mission at hand. Imagine a lion that loses its motivation to hurt!

Remain with the pack—and give your best effort.
That’s the main strength for your survival and opportunity to thrive.

By Dr. Vincent Muli Wa Kituku, motivational speaker is the author of Overcoming Buffaloes at Work & in Life. Contact him at or at (208) 376-8724

SkyWest Travelers, watch for the July-August Skywest Magazine. There is a profile of Dr. Vincent Muli Wa Kituku

  • 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 that help individuals, corporations, public and nonprofit organizations, teams and families to have ownership of decisions and actions to increase productivity, provide exceptional customer services, 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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Hi Vincent…I have almost finished reading the book, which so far I have enjoyed and is certainly inline with the changes we striving to make here at Bartercard...
National Franchising Manager, BARTERCARD AUSTRALIA PTY LTD
Good afternoon Vincent…We would still like to purchase 200 books from you to give to our delegates…
- Anna Parfrey, Executive Assistant to Justine Hayek -
National Franchising Manager, Bartercard Australia Pty Ltd
I don't know if you remember me or not but I sat by you on the airplane from Las Vegas to Salt Lake City last week. You graciously gave me a copy of your book, "Overcoming Buffaloes," …Well, I am done reading it and wanted to say it is an excellent book…Your story of the man walking in the desert and other thoughts that you shared really put things into perspective and gave me a strong desire to find more balance and joy in my life. I gained a renewed excitement to finish my education in psychology so that I can one day help others, as I feel that is the path I am supposed to travel. I learned much from your book…It has given me much to think about and I plan on sharing your book with others. I loved how you said, "you must be different to make a difference." I have had many difficult obstacles to overcome and hope to one day be able to share what I have learned with others as you so eloquently do. Pure joy truly does come in the service of others. Thank you again for your kindness and example by taking the time to share your message with me. It truly was life changing and something I will
never forget.
- Diana Ridgeway
Vincent, that is exactly what our organization needs…please sign copies for all our 73 employees.
- Brent Kelly
President, Boise Office Equipment

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If you have failed, don’t give up. You’re traveling a path with well-known overachievers. Here are some examples of failures turned into success stories.
Dr. Seuss’s first book, “And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street,” was rejected by 27 publishing houses before being published by Vanguard Press.
Novelist John Creasey got 753 rejection slips. These rejections were followed by the first of his 564 published books.
Thomas Edison was sent away from school in early grades because teachers concluded he was not capable of getting school work done.
Nelson Mandela spent 27 years in prison before becoming the first non European descendant president of South Africa.

NEVER GIVE UP—Sliding is not falling


Going an Extra Mile is giving more services than you are required to, seeing a need and filling it before you are asked to, helping other people in their need when you don’t have to.

I had never seen American football before I came to the United States. I started learning about it only because of Boise State football coach, Pokey Allen’s fight against cancer. My mother is a cancer survivor. I invited him to speak about cancer to my Toastmasters’ Club. His message was not so much about his illness as it was about how we should see young people and be there for them.

Dr. Vincent Muli Wa Kituku,
receiving the BSU 2003 Grand Marshal Award.

Pokey died a few months later and the team’s performance declined under one of the assistant coaches. Another coach came and did a relatively good job but left at the end of the season.

Dirk Koetter was hired before the 1998 football season. As the season progressed, I customized one of my articles for the team and faxed it to the coach. The point was to help them focus beyond their “buffaloes” (obstacles). Two weeks later, I faxed another customized article on how to tap underutilized potential.
“Hi, my name is Dirk Koetter, the head coach of the Boise State University Football Team. Can I please talk to Dr. Vincent Kituku?” After some silence, I said, “Speaking!”

Dirk Koetter soon let me know how little I know about football. But in just a few moments, he said, “If you are available, I can have you speak to them ten minutes before we go out for practice.”

After the first speech, Dirk and I started talking regularly, with me giving speeches to the team whenever I was in town, sometimes the night before a game. In the spring of 1999 I presented a talk to the seniors on the importance of leadership, holding the light for the rest of the team. For the whole team, we outlined the seven must-know goals for succeeding beyond expectations and the crucial aspect of “planting in the dry season,” knowing that great performance is preceded by unspectacular preparation.

The team won the conference championship and capped the season by winning the Humanitarian Bowl Game against a team favored to win. Dirk gave me a coach’s uniform—I brag that I might be the only person with a coach’s uniform who doesn’t even know the rules of the game! The BSU alumni honored me by selecting me to be the 2003 Homecoming Grand Marshal.

There is no way to measure the impact my presentations have had on the team’s performance since 1998. And all presentations have been on pro bono basis. However, I know my contribution has brought intangible rewards money can’t bring to my life. Other coaches learned about my presentations and have had me work with their teams. Organizations have used the leadership and employee development programs I presented to the team.

There are invaluable benefits for going the extra mile. You automatically develop a rare but powerful quality—personal initiative. You build confidence in your skills, knowledge and abilities. You attract the attention of others, including your superiors and decision makers.

Your growth, both professional and personal, is proportional to the extra miles you cover.

Dear Dr. Kituku, The Bronco coaching staff would like to take this opportunity to thank you for coming to talk to our team. The lessons that you spoke of are priceless when it comes to building a championship team. As veterans in this business we know that championships are not won by athletic ability and schemes alone, having the correct state of mind is what separates individuals from the crowd; we feel you have helped us with that edge

Chris Petersen, Head Football Coach, Boise State University


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Beyond Chaos: Keeping home and career under control
23 lessons from Impala, gazelle and lions on how to thrive in your “jungle”
The 7must have ‘Spears to Overcome Buffaloes’ at work and in life
The top assets that will make your skills needed and sought after
How to turn ordinary actions into extraordinary results at work and in life
9 proven ways on how to turn setbacks into opportunities for a better future
How to grow professionally and personally from involvement in your community—with practical tips on how to be involved

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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,

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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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