Issue Number: Volume VII No. 9 Publisher: Kituku & Associates
Date of Issue: September 2008.  © 2008—Overcoming Buffaloes in Our Lives. All Rights Reserved.

By Dr. Vincent Muli Wa Kituku

John Wooden, the legendary basketball coach said that “Things turn out the best for those who make the best of the way things turn out.” What are you doing with the cloud of uncertainty that seems to linger beyond “experts” expectations?

You read the newspaper, watch evening news or peek on the online news updates. It seems that all you can read or watch is news on the bad economy—major layoffs, businesses closing or going bankrupt in addition to the mortgage crisis. Maybe your challenge is to keep up with a workplace whose future is uncertain. Or maybe that challenge is whether to invest in your business, professional or personal growth.
It is not uncommon for people and organizations to do nothing or worse than nothing, for their own growth, in bad times. You see businesses trim or altogether cut marketing and/or training budgets. Then the question is, if you stop creating awareness of your products and services because of a bad economy, how will you get ahead of the competition? Did you know that if you cut your training budget you certify people to under-perform, lower their morale and yet you pay them for maximum creativity and productivity?

In chaotic times, those times in our lives when the future seems uncertain, some people result to destructive professional habits—quit investing in their own growth, stop membership in educational associations, focus on a past that can never be re-lived.

Chapter 8 in the Overcoming Buffaloes at Work & in Life: What You Need to Increase Productivity, Overcome Setbacks and Stay Motivated and Focused Without Leaving Your Life Behind by Dr. Vincent Muli Wa Kituku shares the principle of Planting in Dry Season.

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In Kangundo, Kenya, there are two seasons, rainy and dry. Farmers plow and plant corn during the dry season when the soil is loose and easy to turn. With the corn seeds in the ground, farmers know their crop will germinate when rain falls. Planting in the dry season also ensures that the corn seeds are not unearthed by squirrels because it impossible for them to tell which spots have seeds and which do not when the soil is dry.

This metaphor applies to many aspects of life. When we do things because we are forced to, it is like planting after the rain falls. The soil is heavy, and “social squirrels” may interfere with our progress. Anxiety, panic or illness may set in and curtail our success.
Here are key perspectives to ponder and
plant in your dry season.
You must not use past failed “rainfall” or “harvests” as reasons why not to plant. You don’t invest for the past. You invest for the future. Your past failures are successes if you learned the lessons.
Determine the future you expect and invest. Farmers have to determine the harvest
they want whether of corn, beans, or millet, and then plant the seeds. Goals without
executable plans are mere wishes. It has been said that the only place where success
comes before work is in the dictionary. It is also the place where the word harvesting
comes before the investing word. When last did you read a book or attend a workshop on
what you want to do in the future?
 Crops that germinate shortly after rainfall are planted in dry season. To survive and
thrive in the present turbulent workplace, one has to prepare with foresight rather
than hindsight. Chance favors those who are prepared. It is easier to learn the skills for
your next position while you are at ease with your current one. Unspectacular
preparation is the springboard of spectacular performance.
Farmers in areas with erratic rainfall survive by mixed cropping. They plant crops that
can do well with limited rains and crops that do well with adequate rains. That way they
are promised of some harvest with or without adequate rains. Diversifying your
business, skills and strategies also reaps benefits too.
Find business or professional networks where you can share resources and marketing
efforts. If Marriot hotels can partner with to keep people in their hotels,
why won’t you find strategic allies?
Faith, believing that your decisions and actions will culminate in a harvest, is the fuel
that keeps you “planting” even when there are no clouds in the horizons.

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

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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


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.

Michael P. McGrath, Director, Gas Supply & Regulatory Affairs,
Intermountain Gas Company

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We can forgive ourselves for mistakes we made while trying. What hurts the most are regrets for opportunities we didn’t take advantage of.

The title of chapter 5 of the Overcoming Buffaloes at Work & in Life book is Never Ignore Unexpected Opportunities.
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There is a short story about a man who was traveling through a vast desert. After several days, he ran out of water and food with no human dwellings in sight. Thirsty, tired, and with hunger almost claiming his life, he came to a spot where a poor looking desert-dweller was selling ties. This traveler pleaded for food and water while the desert man tried to sell him a tie. The traveler insisted that all he cared for was a drink and a meal and continued his journey without a tie.

A few hours later he saw a place that had trees and buildings. As he came close to the area, he saw the green watered lawns. He smelled food. Then he saw people entering a building that appeared to be a restaurant and decided to go to the same building. At the gate, he was informed that nobody was allowed to enter the restaurant without a tie.

Without Toastmasters, would I have had
the opportunity to:

Speak at the same conferences with Elizabeth Dole, Bishop Tutu, Zig Ziglar or four governors of Idaho?
Be invited to speak at HP, CISCO, Genworth, US Air Force, Micron or to the Boise State University Football Team?
Present in almost every state in the USA or be invited to present internationally?
Have a newsletter (this one) that is read in over NINETY countries?
Support, as a speaker and/or financial contributor to Rescue Mission for the homeless, shelters for domestic violence, Race for the Cure, Youth Development Programs among others?

Toastmasters, a unexpected
opportunity, is the tie that changed
not only my professional career from Riparian Ecologist but introduced me to
a life of fulfillment—when you do something and receive more than a paycheck, sometimes even without a paycheck.

Dr. Kituku demonstrating how people miss opportunities with ties at a presentation for
Blue Babbler's Charter TM Club

Thank You" gift to Dr. Kituku after his
speech at Blue Babbler's Charter TM Club

Flashback: In September of 1992, out of curiosity, I entered a room where there was a Toastmasters Meeting just because of a posting on a door about it. The leader was a secretary in my department (that made me comfortable) and the two speakers shared stories that had relevancy in my life. One was on relationship with a dog and the other was a father and son connection. I learned the organization’s mission is to help people become better public speakers. I joined that day.

The blessings and/or opportunities Toastmasters has brought into my paths would be limited if I only focused on the monetary returns. Here are just a few:

After learning the value of public speaking, I introduced it to my children. Let your imagination help you experience my feeling as a father when my daughter competed for a program, Girls State, that required only two girls, from each high school in Idaho, to attend a State sponsored leadership development program. After giving the prepared presentations, the 7 finalists were to respond to impromptu questions. My daughter started her response with a metaphor that captured the judges attention in a way that there was no doubt she was to be one of the two.

Allow me to add that she was elected class president three times. Her two younger sisters were and one still is, a member of student government and both have served as leaders at National Speakers Association Youth Leadership Program. Their involvement in volunteer programs and community service has significant roots in Toastmasters.

Toastmasters provides a host of opportunities for personal and professional growth. I volunteered to help with leadership and preparation for district conferences. I learned about promotions, sponsorships, working/negotiations with facilities and registration procedures—aspects that have benefited my business beyond what words can describe.

Networking. There isn’t any other organization that I have belonged to or know about where you develop close professional networks and personal lifelong relationships as in Toastmasters. I have had the opportunity to visit numerous states as a presenter at club meetings or district and regional conferences. Sometimes my business travel schedule includes visits with fellow Toastmasters. It is astonishing to realize that a large number of corporate business contracts are initiated by someone in Toastmasters. My first paid speaking engagement in corporate America was due to a referral from a fellow Toastmasters.

Giving impromptu speeches. Last month, I was at a Boise Rescue Mission program organized by one of the major donors. As the last speaker was finishing his comments, the program coordinator asked me if I would close the meeting with a brief inspirational speech and ask for contributions. The only time I had for preparation was what it took me to walk three yards from my seat.

This, being asked to speak without time for preparation, has happened many times at conferences, school parent nights’ events, weddings, churches and funerals. I 100% credit the training in Toastmasters for the ability to be prepared at any moment to give a speech.

Providing opportunities for others to find that TIE! It is rewarding and fulfilling to encourage and sometimes sponsor others to join Toastmasters. Toastmasters’ members who want to register for the professional seminars my business offers register at discounted rates, and if they help in any way with a seminar, they attend at no charge.

One of my lifelong goals is to speak at each and every
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To succeed in today's workplace and in your personal life, you need more than goals, smarts or top technological tools. You must be passionate, highly motivated, and focused in every aspect of your organization. The competitive nature of the business world dictates that people must produce results in a fast changing marketplace for them and/or their organization to remain relevant. Individuals and their organization must be proactive in order to focus on measurable performance and eradicate frustration, stress and crisis. Dr. Kituku's and Mr. McClain’s work-life strategies help people bring balance back to their lives. They learn how to develop and leverage a personal vision that not only takes their work performance to new heights but also discover important strategies of creating an extraordinary quality of life.
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The top 5 success factors that most Americans can take advantage of
11 secrets/actions that will make failing a non-option
Beyond Chaos: Keeping home and career under control
23 lessons from Impala, gazelle and lions on how to thrive in your “jungle”
The 7 must 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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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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