Issue Number: Volume VII No. 5 Publisher: Kituku & Associates
Date of Issue: May 2008.  © 2008—Overcoming Buffaloes in Our Lives. All Rights Reserved.

By Dr. Vincent Muli Wa Kituku

You look back and realize time has passed. Perhaps you are reflecting on what the past has brought you. You had dreams that didn’t materialize. Maybe you were downsized or your career was made obsolete by technology. Your health might have been a bother. A loved one passed on suddenly. Your soulmate left you. Your child started associating with the wrong crowd. Your business didn’t bring the fruits you anticipated. Or you stumbled in your spiritual walk.

Then you wonder, what does the future hold? How will you do things differently in order to grow professionally and socially? How will you ease the emotional pain suffered from a broken relationship or the loss of a loved one?

Maanzoni, in literal translation, is a “place of the past.” Kamba people of Kenya are not traditional nomads. However, after using an area for a period of time, a family moved to another area with unused resources for their livestock and family needs. The move might have been initiated by misfortunes like disease, hunger or war with a neighboring tribe. They took some material from Maanzoni with them to construct new huts and structures to protect their cattle at night. They also used the experience acquired while in Maanzaoni to survive and thrive in the new place.

The past is our social “Maanzoni.” All our experiences, knowledge and abilities are valuable tools for the future. But, in order to survive and thrive, whether spiritually, professionally or socially in our tomorrow, one must consciously leave the downfalls of the past behind.

Walking into the future with the downfalls of the past as guides is detrimental. It is like rising from your chair with the intention of going outside. But after standing, you pick up your chair and putting it in front of you on
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Time spent reminiscing on the past is time stolen from the present and the future. Time spent looking back at a closed window is time not spent looking for the gates of opportunity that might open. Time spent observing the clouds of life is time not spent enjoying the rainbow behind the clouds and smelling the flowers that are a byproduct of the clouds. Residing in the past, instead of using it as a reference source, curtails our efforts at enriching our lives and those of our loved ones.


• 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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Wastes time blaming others.
Destroys creativity.
Develops defensiveness.
Illuminates what’s wrong.
Wastes energy and resources.
Keeps people stuck in their mindset.

Creates an environment for negative feedback—new problems are caused by attention focused on old problems.
Leads to business failure, broken relationships, failed careers
and regret.

Focusing on opportunities and future needs dictates how
resources are utilized for maximum results.


• Make obstacles seem smaller.
• Create an environment for creativity and enthusiasm.
• Illuminate what’s working and/or what can work in the future.
• Propel you toward your goals.
• Bring people who can help into your path.
• Lead to strong relationships, business success and hope.

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Today’s employers’ dilemma: what if I have my employees trained, but then they use the acquired skills to seek for better jobs? But what if I don’t train them, and they stay to work without the skills they need for peak performance?
My answer is train. Then create a work environment that will encourage them to stay or that will attract other trained candidates. Here are other key motivators to pay attention to.

Motivation begins with you. This is number ONE. If you are not motivated, no one will be moved by your words. When a preacher is not excited about his sermon, the congregation starts dozing.
Use your personality power (50%) more than your positional power (15%) or even your knowledge power (35%).
Communicate your expectations clearly. After understanding the nature of your jungle and what needs to be done, communicate it concretely.
Keep tasks, chores or jobs challenging. The absence of a winner’s thrill kills motivation. To win there must be a challenge.
Provide adequate training and retraining. The future is what we are all concerned about. Train for present and future survival.
Be what you want others to be. The best training you can give is modeling what you expect.
Use the power of positive discipline. Forget the threats, tactless discipline, minimal professional growth opportunities and other de-motivators used after WWII. They are short-term motivators and make folks want “out.”
Provide feedback on a continuous basis. As the herd moves along grazing, mother giraffe stops here and there to encourage her baby.
Use appreciation. It has been said, “Even eagles need a push.” Constant appreciation is the “Push” we all need. Try this: appreciate people when they do anything, whether it’s helping out with a project at work, or being there for you at your time of need. Chances are they will repeat the good deed or do a different one.
Stick with it. Motivation is not just a TGIF (Thank God It’s Friday) thing. Monday at 8.00 a.m. or a rainy/cloudy or a bad day are not excuses to lower your enthusiasm. Enthusiasm should come from within, not from material objects or things you cannot control.

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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