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

It is hard to free yourself if you love or do not recognize the chains that limit your potential to live a life of abundance. However, only when you break those chains or question your assumptions, can you enjoy all the richness of life.

Your journey to a life of enrichment begins the moment you ask yourself, “Is this the best I can do with my life? Am I appreciating the blessing of talents, gifts and even material blessings that God has bestowed on me?”
If your answer to either or both of these questions is
no, then that’s good news. You are aware you can
do better.

My chain was simple. I accepted it, owned and proudly carried it. It was innocently placed on me with one short sentence: “Brother, don’t worry. You can only wear one pair of shoes at a time.” That was it. Over twenty years later it occurred to me that if you have more than one pair, you can choose which pair to wear. And if you have several pairs, they last longer. You can also give some of your shoes to those who have none.

I had just graduated from college when I visited the home of one of the leaders in the department where I was to begin my career. I immediately noticed many pairs of shoes lining two walls of his guest room. When I shared with another colleague my shock that someone could possibly own so many pairs of shoes, the short comment he made became the chain (living a life of scarcity) I carried for years. He said even if I owned those shoes I could only wear one pair at a time.

The truth of his comment is unquestionable. My childhood experience was the fertile ground that let that seed of one pair of shoes germinate and control my behavior for years.
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My father believed if we had shoes and long trousers before being admitted to high school, our education would suffer. We would be distracted and have nothing to live up to. In our high school years, he bought us one pair of Safari boots for each year. Those boots were our all-purpose, all-season shoes.

So when my colleague said I could only wear one pair at time, it was a truth that made sense to me only because my mind was stuck in a past I didn’t care for and never wanted to relive.

For years I resisted the ownership of several pairs of shoes using a casually stated comment for my justification.

What is your justification for not wanting the best in life for yourself and your loved ones? Is there something wrong with living a comfortable (even though comfort means different things to different people) life? What is bad about enjoying the fruits of your creativity, hard work and endurance?

You must cast aside the chains that tie you to living a life of scarcity when you could be enjoying your blessings. There is nothing unspiritual about enjoying the blessings God has blessed us with.

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Dr. Kituku’s presentations.

This book contains…great pearls of wisdom presented in a simple, elegant manner. It is…filled with inspirations for all aspects of daily life…motivating to people of all ages, inspiring them to live up to their greatness…

Coach Chris Petersen 2002-present


“…your motivational talks to the team and your special sessions with our key leaders have helped us reach a higher level of performance on and off the field.

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…what sets you apart is the unique way that you weave your stories…into the material forcing the audience to visualize the points in a different way than any other speaker they have ever heard…

Coach Dirk Koetter 1997-2000

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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The main reason you want to give speeches is to bring change to the world. To succeed as a speaker/trainer, your speeches/presentations must change your audiences’ behavior. If you do that you will be called back and other people and groups will hear about you.



Your perspectives about life must be of abundance, not scarcity. Scarcity mentality is the crucible for low self esteem, negative thoughts and envy of other people’s progress.


You know scarcity thinking is limiting your growth when other people’s success irritates you.


When you think you don’t have, always remember there are those with less than you.


An abundant outlook on life is the bedrock for dreams, gratitude, and a passion for success.


Abundance comes from a deep conviction of who you are—God’s child with great ingredients that just require vision and action to become marvelous work.


Kick those who belittle your efforts or initiate negative thoughts
from your life.


You accept the obligation of what you do. You do it because it’s important.


Your real customer is the meeting planner. Make him/her the hero of the event and you will be called back.



There is no substitute for preparation. Read books and watch tapes that inspire people action. Pay attention to audience reactions. Learn the theme of the program, objectives, culture of the group, challenges, why you were picked and what past successful speakers did.



To change the way your audience sees the world and act motivate them to on the ideas you share, have an easy to remember line that touches their hearts and calls them to action.


Provoke your audience with the first sentence out of your mouth

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Employees without motivation present one of the major problems leaders are experiencing today. A leader’s ultimate goal is to match his/her organization’s vision with the personal strengths and expectations.

St. Francis of Assisi said, “Preach the gospel. Use words only if necessary.” This advice is supported by modern studies that have consistently shown that about 90% of how people learn is visual. Effective leaders model desired behaviors and provide a workplace environment that creates opportunities for a shared vision to be developed and executed.

Exceptional leaders are consciously aware of defining moments. These are the times a leader makes decisions that better the way clients are served. He/she provides the necessary inspiration for others to act and overcome real and/or perceived challenges using available talents and resources.

Egyptians taught the importance of a caring leader, the one whose heart is tender enough to teach, encourage, forgive and expect the best from others. Their regard for such leaders is shown by what they did when mummifying their pharaohs. They removed the brains but kept the heart intact. A leader with a heart attracts loyalty, inspires increased productivity, focuses on what matters and encourages professional growth without leaving life behind.
Topics covered in this hands-on presentation include but
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7 Must Know Assets for a Leader to Care, Inspire, Challenge, Encourage and Be a Role Model

How to Inspire Employees with Your Organizational Vision

12 Must Know Ways to Bounce Back After Personal and Professional Adversity

How to Motivate Employees Without Increasing Their Paycheck

Proven Strategies for Building and Sustaining Winning/Strong Teams

5 Attributes That Will Make You the Leader Employees Want to Emulate

What Employees Need When They Fear Change

Balancing Your Work/Life and the Lives of Customers, Employees and Your Community

What Makes People Focus on What You Wish They Wouldn’t

The 7 Things a Leader Must Do to Make Change Work

Top 9 Tips for Motivating People to Succeed in Any Situation

Great leaders don’t use the tired platitude, “Our employees are the most important asset of this organization.” They want employees who add value to the organization with new ideas, great customer service, reduction of expenses or the combination of these attributes. But there are fundamental questions you must ask as a leader to create the productive business you envision. Here are a few questions.

Are your employees focused on the past or are they helping create a
profitable future?
Do your employees think and act as owners of the organization?
Is each employee 100% committed to your organization’s success?
Is creativity in using available resources the driving force of each employee?
Do employees love coming to work or are they more excited when leaving
at 5 p.m. or on Friday?
Do employees have challenges that keep them motivated?
Does all employees understand their personal impact on the customer’s experience with your organization?
Does each employee know he/she can be the beginning point of a positive attitude in your organization?
Does each employee know the three must do activities to add value to
your organization?


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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