Issue Number: Volume VII No. 10 Publisher: Kituku & Associates
Date of Issue: October 2008.  © 2008—Overcoming Buffaloes in Our Lives. All Rights Reserved.
There is nothing we can do that will bring us more in the way of rewards than daily striving to become better adjusted, happier, more productive human beings. It’s a lifetime job and worth every minute we spend on it.
- Earl Nightingale
Chapter 34 of Overcoming Buffaloes at Work & in Life book by Vincent Muli Wa Kituku presents there following:

Lee Iacocca, former chairman of Chrysler Corporation, said that most of the 242 million working people, “swing out of bed, yawn, and figure: ‘Oh hell, I’ve got to make it through another day of drudgery’.” Working people are stressed out. Jack Canfield, author of Chicken Soup for the Soul, said that about 75% of workers don’t like what they are doing or who they work for.

A major explanation for stress has been uncertainty in the workplace as a result of increased competition, changing local and international trade regulations, merging of corporations and technological advances. These changes have been experienced nationally and locally.

Is change new to humanity? Are there better ways for an individual to thrive in a world of uncertainty? How can one balance the demands of personal life and work?

To answer these questions, I am inclined to use strategies that were used by the people of my native community, of Kamba in Kenya. Their stresses were caused by disease, famine, the presence of buffaloes and unpredictable tribal wars. The stresses experienced by Kambas and those in today’s workplace are similar because in both, one’s security is threatened, there is a sense of loss of one’s identity and loyalty to a system is negatively affected.
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Using the strategies of the Kambas can help balance work and personal life:
Individuals established their purpose on earth from a perspective that was independent from one’s daily activities. In today’s chaotic workplace, each one should ask himself/herself: what is their primary purpose or mission in life? What is there to look back to and be glad?
With the purpose established, an individual committed his vision, decisions and actions on activities that helped him achieve his purpose. He aligned individual goals with those of the group he belonged to. In what ways can your employment help you attain that purpose? How are your life goals aligning with the vision and mission of the organization you are working for?
Self empowerment allowed individuals to take risks and venture into unsettled lands with confidence. Working people have to develop self-empowering strategies that allow them to use their creative and authentic potential to achieve their purposes while they create an environment for their employer’s success.
Natural and man made-changes were viewed as natural processes that perpetuated personal and community growth and new ways of survival. One has to view change in the workplace with an attitude toward new opportunities, including skills, knowledge and abilities, thus improving one’s employability.
Individuals and the community had rituals that helped people bounce back after going through a devastating experience. Adherence to faith, reflection on what had happened, staying in contact with others and physical activities were springboards for the soul, body and mind as one forged ahead with his journey of accomplishing his mission. These are aspects that can be used by all of us to refocus on our purpose during and after change.
Flexibility was a major survival strategy. People relocated or alternated livelihood from crop cultivators to livestock keepers to gatherers to hunters, based on prevailing conditions. The ability to let go of perceptions and practices that may not be beneficial to oneself or an organization is a stress-reduction step. “Utility players” (those who play different positions of a game) are always searched for. It has been said that, “Blessed are the flexible for they shall not be bent out of shape.”
Involvement in community affairs provided opportunities to learn, socialize, help others and strengthen a sense of belonging and contribution. Getting involved in one’s community is not only a networking strategy, but also an opportunity to help others, which is one of the secrets of success.

When work and personal life are balanced,
good health, increased productivity, and fulfillment are realized.

—when your vision is not aligned with what you are doing

Constant job-related stress and/illnesses
Dread going to work
Arrive to work late and watch the clock for time to leave
When you cannot show what you have done in the last three months
Call or even think of calling in sick when you are not sick
When your identity is entirely tied to your work
Work environment and relationships are damaging you confidence
When you find your are moving ahead but leaving your family behind
When you don’t feel like adjusting to meet new job related challenges
When you don’t know why you are working

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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…

Rick Bollman
Principal Cynthia Mann Elementary School

…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

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, Executive News Director, KTVB News Group


James G. Murray, AIA, CSHQA

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

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

Vincent, that is exactly what our organization needs…please sign copies for all our 73 employees.

Brent Kelly
President, Boise Office Equipment


Please know that words can't express our deep gratitude for your support in the last few weeks since the book on Overcoming Buffaloes at Work & in Life by Dr. Vincent Muli Wa Kituku, was released. The response has been overwhelming, to say the least. THANK YOU!

On the 26th of June, we made our first shipment to Australia...this is what the leader of the Bartercard organization said, "I have almost finished reading the book, which so far I have enjoyed and is certainly inline with the changes we are striving to make here at Bartercard.." The next email said, "We to purchase 200 books from you to give to our delegates."

One more statement from a great supporter of Dr. Kituku's work...

Vincent, …Thank you so much for the autographed copies of your new book. I distributed them to my family members during our reunion in Park City, UT last week. My wife has finished reading her copy and has passed it along to her friends as a ‘Must Read’.” My employees were excited to read their copies as well. Thank you again Vincent.

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Intermountain Gas Company

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If I went back to college again, I’d concentrate on two areas: learning to write and to speak before an audience. Nothing in life is more important than the ability to communicate effectively.

Gerald R. Ford. U.S. President.

Today’s decline of the social structures in America that hold families, corporations and other institutes together is largely attributed to ineffective leaders. As I reflect on the importance of quality leadership, I think of my father, Johnson Kituku Musoo.

My father is a living testimony that what you don’t have should not stop you from achieving what you want. His mother died before he turned ten, leaving him with a younger brother and sister to care for. I learned about his struggles from other people. I never heard him complain––although I once saw him cry, wishing that his mother was still alive.
He served in King's African Rifles (when Kenya was colonized by British) and left to start a small business enterprise at Kangundo. His full energy was in that business. Eventually he owned several buildings, operated several businesses and had a personal vehicle, in addition to two others that he used in a public transportation business. His determination and hard work transformed our living mud thatched structure, that we shared with rodents, snakes and ticks to a compound with twelve bedrooms and a water fountain.

My Dad was a visionary. He knew the future would be bright for his children if we had an education. He made us aware of it consistently. He encouraged us to study and did everything he could to eliminate anything that he deemed to be an obstacle in making his vision a reality. We were not allowed to go to movies until we were in high school. He thought shoes, long trousers, or even watches were destructive to young minds. He allowed us minimum involvement in his business.

The ability to lead and inspire ordinary people to do what seems extraordinary is what sets my Dad apart. I remember one morning in November 1974 when my young brother and I were to sit for high school entrance exam. Before we left home, my father woke up and with a towel wrapped around him and no shirt said, “My children, you have prepared for this day. This day will be a turning point for a better future. Think of what can go right.” I have never forgotten the color of the towel, the wall Dad was leaning on and those words––"Think of what can go right.”

Dad’s word meant everything to me. He had spanked me many times when I brought my report card home, and had humiliated me by having me spend six years in three grades. In January 1975 the results were announced and my brother and I were admitted to government high school. Dad took us to the University of Nairobi's gate and said, “My children, that is where men and women get knives to cut their portion of the national cake.” That’s where both of us were admitted six years later after succeeding in two high school exams that eliminated hundreds of thousands students.

Another area in which my father showed wisdom in leadership was when we worked in our garden. We had coffee and corn gardens. Dad knew what he wanted to be completed and how long it should take. At about 4:00 p.m., he would show up with extra help and sometimes with food. He would also clear his throat, just before arriving, to announce his presence––lest he find us engaged in the talk of the youth. He never found us sitting down! Good leaders try to find their employees at those moments when they are doing something good.

Dad was a lifelong learner. Because of circumstances beyond his control, he didn't have the opportunity to go to school for more than two or three years. He taught himself to read. He never used a calculator in monitoring his inventory or managing his finances––everything was hand written after mental calculation.

One thing that astonished me was to find my father reading literature books by Ngugi wa Thiongo. I was in high school junior class and Ngugi's works were our class literature books. I knew it was hard for him to read English at the books level, but I was moved by his determination––I learned that learning is a lifelong project.

No words can describe my Dad's mood and celebration when my brother and I passed national exams. While my mother pondered her joy in her heart, my Dad literally let the "world" know of his sons’ success––which essentially was his own success. He would call his friends and host an evening party without us. Then he would come home and praise us for our efforts. When we were admitted to the University of Nairobi, Dad gave each of us a gift of 5,000 Kenya Shillings (about $400.00 back then, more than a school principal’s monthly salary). I don’t know any other student who received such a gift. We were also taken to the university in one of his vehicles instead of going by bus.


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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