Issue Number: Volume VIII No. 6 Publisher: Kituku & Associates
Date of Issue: June 2009.  © 2009—Overcoming Buffaloes in Our Lives. All Rights Reserved.

For those who have survived downsizing, the challenge is to learn to sail with the wind of change—and learn fast. The key is, if you had not planned to leave before downsizing started in your organization, stay in the boat. When the storm is raging, in most cases, the most secure place to be is in the boat.

The impact of this economic downturn has been compounded by excessive fear of the unknown. We are charting a course we have never been on before. The outcome of this voyage will depend on how leaders and employees navigate the tides.

Leaders responsibility:
Leaders/managers and supervisors can learn a 3,000-year-old lesson from the Egyptians. When they mummified their Pharaohs, Egyptians removed the dead leader’s brain but left the heart intact. They believed that for a leader to be great, a compassionate heart was necessary during and after life.

Caring leaders in these turbulent times are a rare commodity. But leaders with vision, an ability to share that vision and motivate others will help keep their remaining employees enthused, energetic and focused on the new horizons.

These are the leaders who will care enough to: place people in the right position; build competence; encourage individual ownership; provide opportunities for professional growth; channel efforts toward smart and measurable work; respect the individual; recognize progress and achievement; build a workplace that is rich in trust, fairness and fun.

As a leader, you need to model the way, inspire a vision that is shared with others, challenge the process (what’s working and what’s not), empower others to act and have sense of ownership and encourage the their hearts.
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Employee’s Responsibility
With the massive changes associated with workplace reorganization, surviving employees also suffer. After seeing coworkers leave, they wonder, “Why did my friends lose their jobs, or why didn’t I see this coming? Did I in any way cause them to be downsized? Will my position be the next to go? Can I trust this organization any longer? What can I do to prepare for the unknown, should my position be eliminated?

Survivors also feel the fear of accepting new responsibilities, learning new skills and tasks, adapting to an new boss or customer base.

However, it is of paramount importance to know that the survival of the organization, and thus your position, may largely depend on your ability to keep rowing the boat to get it out of the storm. To do this, you may need to change the perception that you work for someone else. We work to pay our own bills. We work for our children’s school needs. We work so that our retirement may be a rewarding experience. Therefore we all work for ourselves.

In these down times, how you use your creativity, effort, time and the resources you have is what will keep you employed. Self-initiative, the ability to identify something that needs to be done and without being asked, start doing it, will set you apart. That is giving more than you are required to. To be self-initiating, you don’t have to have all the skills or knowledge, but the willingness to help. You don’t have to ask for permission, either.

Understand the big picture of your organization. Know how what you do relates to what others do. Identify what elements are not working well and in what way you can make a difference. Identify the benefits of the solutions you are thinking about. Share your concerns with someone who can help with knowledge, contacts, skills or finances. State how you can help. Start with the skills, knowledge and abilities that you have already.

There are invaluable benefits for being self-initiating at work, home and in community activities. You automatically develop a rare, but powerful quality – the ability to discern a problem and do something to resolve it. You develop a positive mental attitude toward other people. You build your confidence in your skills, knowledge and abilities. You become self-reliant. You attract the attention of others, including your superiors. This permits you to become indispensable. In return, nature compensates you by liberating other people to help you with your personal projects.

Shanna and Dean Tucker
, founders of Prime Equity Mortgage, a leading firm for ethical mortgage operations, provided a $500 sponsorship for the Moving Forward in Chaotic Times workshop organized by Dr. Vincent Muli Kituku at Nampa Civic Center.

More than 100 Idaho workers who have lost their jobs registered for the workshop. Julie Levitt trained participants to write winning resumes while Boise State Career Planning expert,
Bae Emilson, provided tools for developing a fulfilling career.
The group also learned from Rhea Ann of Peppershock Media Productions, based in Nampa, the advantages of video-based resumes. Shanna and Dean shared tips on how to use mortgage options and reduce financial burdens. Roger Madsen, Director of the Idaho Labor Department and his deputy Rogelio Valdez, explained to the participants how the department can help them find jobs. Nampa Civic Center provided the facility free of charge.


Hope Collins, a Borah high school senior, is the recipient of a $1000 Boise Youth Leadership scholarship that was founded by Dr. Vincent Kituku and Mrs. Theresia Kituku, owners of Kituku & Associates and Born to Succeed Early Care & Learning Center through the Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce. Hope will start her college education this fall at the College of Idaho. The Kituku family started the scholarship to encourage Idaho students to pursue higher education and contribute to building their families and communities. They plan to have two scholarships, instead of one, presented to a male and a female student. For 25 years, Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce has provided leadership training opportunities for students nominated by their teachers in all Ada County high schools.

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Vincent, thanks for leaving me a signed copy of your book!...God’s timing was perfect (again). I took that book and read it while on a church mission trip in Mexico (building houses in Reynosa)…and it became sort of a daily devotion and it put a lot of things in perspective…

Jim Gilchriest
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Hi Vincent…I have almost finished reading the book, which so far I have enjoyed and is certainly in line with the changes we are striving to make here at Bartercard...

National Franchising Manager, Bartercard Australia Pty Ltd

…So you are right. The best gift is to have daddy home. Time with family is much more important than any material things that fathers can provide. More dads need to read Chapt. 30…I have been trying to find a way to involve dads in the school learning process. The NFL has a program and I have looked into some others. Hopefully, with the encouragement you provide in this book, I can finally get something started…May God richly bless you in your work! Also: Could you send me 2 more copies of the book Overcoming Buffaloes…

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…I was moved immediately as I read a portion of the "9 Must Know Lessons..." booklet. I loaded the CD and listened all the way through as I looked up your website online. Obviously I was very affected and wanted to let you know right away. In an effort to help others feel similarly impressed, I wonder what your options for keynote or short motivational seminars might be…

Teresa Schwarz
Blue Cross of Idaho


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If your answer is yes, then you are ahead. Instead of focusing on the adversities of these tough economic, take a look at the goodness in your life…maybe you have good health, family, great friends, hope for a better tomorrow. Instead of looking at what has gone wrong, look at what has gone right.

For millions of people on this earth, a glass of clean water fetched within a few minutes’ walking distance is an elusive hope. When a village realizes the dream of a common water source, the whole village population kneels in adoration, thankful for the bright future ahead.

The agony of people suffering just to have clean drinking (not cooking) water, settled in the back of my mind after I became accustomed to living without the reminder of people trekking for miles with gourds or metal tins on their heads to fetch water.

The painful memories of the past came into my focus from two incidents. The first happened when I visited my friend, Kasey Lewis, a chiropractor. After reviewing my neck's X-rays, he asked whether I had been in a major accident in the last fifteen years. He was puzzled when I said “No.” Further discussion led us to conclude that the unexpected shape of my neck's bones was a result of carrying water containers on my head during my youth. It’s hard to think of the many people of my community whose necks suffer from the same practice.

The second incident occurred when the Pacific Northwest Section of the American Water Works Association invited me as the opening ceremony keynote speaker at their annual conference on May 14, 2003. I learned of their challenges as they strive to provide communities with clean and safe water, especially in these times of random terrorism. Like any other organization, they have to do more with limited manpower and material resources.

As I prepared for this conference, I realized how blessed people in industrial areas are. Having clean water is not something we think about. It is there, at all times and in any quantity. Sometimes we are even shocked when we move from an apartment to a house and learn that we have to pay for water––every month.

I grew up near a river where we fetched cooking water, and a spring where we got our water for drinking before 1976, when Dad paid for tap water to be brought into our compound. The revelation of the value of water came when I worked with pastoral communities in eastern Kenya, an area with scarce water sources. In late 1985, with my field crew, we met a pastoral family in transit, moving to a new area in search of water and grass for their camels, cattle and goats. The family had traveled for about two weeks. They had not a drop of water when we met. The head of the family asked us for some water. When I responded to his plea, he stopped his camels, took empty water pots from their backs and handed them to me. I noticed that the pots needed to be washed before we could put drinking water into them.

As I was about to throw away the water I had used to clean the pots, that man––the head of the family––held my hand and said, “Give us this water, don’t throw it away! It is precious!” After I finished transferring some water into his pots, the man pointed to a goat and said, “Thank you for the water. Have that goat.”

In African cultures it is considered rude to refuse a gift, but I turned his offer down. I did not think the water I gave him equaled the value of the goat.

It has been about 23 years since that man offered me a goat in exchange for water. But I clearly see that man’s face again in my mind as I think of water. I see his hand pulling mine to stop me from throwing water away. I see the goat he offered me. I know why he was willing to give a goat for water.

In most areas of our world people have all sorts of modern conveniences, including modern appliances, electronics, automobiles, airplanes, and even vehicles that can take them into space and back. In some areas, though, it is still just hope-against-hope for millions of families to know where they can get clean water, or have the promise of a glass of clean water every day. In areas with water scarcity, a major portion of a day for several family members is to search and fetch water. In such places, infant mortality rates—as a result of diseases long eradicated in other areas, is still alarming. Development, in the eyes of people with no water, is not economic or military strength but having clean water. A miracle for them is not having an extra piece of German chocolate. It’s finding a place with water to sustain a family and their livestock for a few days.

When you get a glass of clean water, be thankful. Challenges in life, come in different ways. With a glass of clean water, you are ahead.


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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