Issue Number: Volume VI No. 12. Publisher: Kituku & Associates
Date of Issue: January 2007.  © 2007—Overcoming Buffaloes in Our Lives. All Rights Reserved.

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Action is the only known factor that brings intended results. Dale Carnegie said that, “Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.”

Are you ready to turn 2007 into a year of professional and personal growth? Act. Are you ready to let go of all the setbacks of 2006 and face your future with renewed passion, focus and determination? Act. Are you ready to make your work bring joy beyond what a pay check can do? Act.

To make 2007 a rewarding year, a time on which you can look back and say, “That was a steppingstone for my personal and professional journey,” you must set your mind for life beyond mere goals. The kind of life you will live when your today’s goals become daily routine. The kind of life when what you do for payment brings you the same excitement and fulfillment as what you do when you are not working.

Here are 7 ways to make acting on your dreams on the future you envision a personal responsibility:


Don’t let your past failing experiences dictate your future.
Facing your future with the downfalls of the past as your guides
seals your fate of making your future just your past if not worse
than your past. Think of what would happen if you stood from the chair you are sitting on, you pick up your chair and put it in front on your path to the door. The chair becomes your obstacle and affects how and when you will reach your destination. Your past setbacks
are form of chairs that should not be placed in the path of the
future you deserve.


Honest evaluation.
Traditional wisdom dictates that success starts the moment you
take a look at your life and say, “I want to live a better life, spiritually, personally and professionally.” Are you happy with your profession or job? Are your relationships with the people you care about where you want them to be? Are your efforts rewarded accordingly? What about your faith, health, and recreation? What don’t you like that needs to be improved? What one thing brings you the greatest satisfaction?


You have what you need to get started.
Some of you may recall my A/C story. I had learned the abbreviation A/C stood for Alternating Current, not Air Conditioner. You can imagine the relief and comfort of the air conditioned car my family enjoyed when at last a friend persuaded me to push “that button.” You have the potential to live up to your expectations. The question is, are you willing to push it? Don’t be loyal to your past failures or to those who don’t believe in your abilities. And never undervalue what you can achieve if only you can push your abilities.


Watch the company you keep.
Your chances of success are largely related to the people you surround yourself with. Associate with those wishing the best for you. They will encourage you, positively challenge and support you in your dreams. Leave the other group out, no matter what you do, they will probably still find something to stop or delay your progress.


Make growth a daily commitment.
Aristotle is credited for saying, “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” Enduring positive
results are not the by products of an act here and there. They are the coronation of continuous efforts that are focused on an
expected future. In what areas of your life do you want to grow? What can you do daily to make those areas better?


Turn setbacks into steppingstones for a new beginning.
John Wooden, the legendary basketball coach said, “Things turn
out the best for those who make the best of the way things turn out.”
Accepting a simple fact such as there are things beyond your control that can and will happen is empowering yourself to focus on the things you can control. You can’t control the weather, downsizing, competition or what your critics say. Yet you have 100% control of your attitude and choice on how to respond to setbacks.


Have no doubt you will succeed.
I have worked with the Boise State Football Team since the fall of 1998. However, after speaking to the team on August 4th 2006, I could not clear the images of the players from my mind for several days. I could literally read their committed resolve to succeed. They had the key seven goals a team must accomplish to be champions in their finger tips. When I concluded my speech some players hugged me without saying a word while others seemed to have teary eyes.
I later called Coach Petersen and told him, “I will not be surprised when your team is undefeated this season.”

Before the team left for the Fiesta Bowl against the established, speedy and bigger Oklahoma Sooners, I presented another speech
on December 22nd. When I left that room it felt like I could already see them holding the cup of victory. A few days later, the world witnessed one of the greatest football games in history. BOISE WON!

Your vision should be to create a future that provides you with constant job-related growth and challenges to overcome instead of stress and/or illnesses. That happens when you love what you do, where and how you do it. Your arrival and leaving time for work are irrelevant. What you accomplish is what matters and you can show its value on a short-term basis. You make work provide you with more than a paycheck and the work environment and relationships build your self-confidence. And most importantly, your family relationships are not suffering as your profession progresses.

We would like to extend our gratitude to the
sponsors of our seminars in 2006



American Home Mortgage
(Suzi Boyle)
LandAmerica Transnation Title
(Phil Archer)
Ralston Insurance
(Rich Ralston)
Pullover Prints
Tomkat Printing
(Tom Nodzu)
DoubleTree Hotel, Boise

The best leaders…almost without exception and at every level, are master users of stories and symbols.Tom Peters

When: 31st January 9:00-12:00 (noon)
Where: Boise Chamber of Commerce Conference Room
Who to attend: Leaders, managers, supervisors, team leaders, trainers, counselors, pastors and parents
Instructor: Dr. Vincent Muli Kituku, President/founder of Kituku & Associates

Call 472-5200 or visit for registrations


This same presentation will be featured at Training 2007 Conference & Expo at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort in Orlando, Florida. The Conference and Expo take place February 26-28 with pre-conference certificate programs scheduled Friday, February 23 through Sunday, February 25.

The workshop # is 712,
Inspiring Productivity with Stories and Metaphors

When: 02/28/07, 09:45 AM-10:45 AM

Kituku & Associates Seminars

“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.

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find out if you qualify and/or to register.

 February 1st 5:30- 9:30pm (Thurs.)
 February 2nd 5:30-9:30pm (Fri.)
 February 3rd 9:00am-4:00pm (Sat)
 The Waterfront Facility
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 Boise, Idaho
 Dr. Vincent Muli Kituku, CSP
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and Education Council—4-hours

Approved by the State of Idaho Real Estate Commission
and Education Council—4-hours

 Dr. Vincent Muli Kituku
 March 13th, 2007 8:00am - 5:00pm
 Doubletree Hotel
 2900 Chinden Blvd, Boise, Idaho 83714
 Ph. (208) 343-1871
 To Register for:
 Moving Forward Without Leaving Your Life Behind (morning)
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 9 Proven Ways for Marketing with a Shoestring Budget to
 Diverse Cultures (afternoon)
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Boise, Idaho 83707
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 To Register for:
 Both Seminars: "Moving Forward..." and "9 Proven Ways..."
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These seminars are sponsored by:

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From 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 21,
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The success or failure of your business depends on your company’s ability to connect with consumers and employees and convey your essence and ideas. It requires innovative public relations. Simply R•E•D presentations from four dynamic public relations experts could enhance 50 to 90 percent of your current business relations and thrust revenues higher. Presenters include motivational speaker Vincent Kituku; T. Andrew Fujimoto, chief executive officer of AmeriBen/IEC Group and authority on effective human resources management; Dale Dixon, a media consultant and 16-year veteran of broadcast news; and Karleen Savage, executive director of Code R•E•D Public Relations and marketing/political specialist. You will leave with tools to communicate in new, effective ways. Code R•E•D, a public relations agency offering unique and preventative services, is sponsoring the event. Cost is $129 per person. To register, go online to and click events. For information, call Savage at 938-3612.

How to Increase Productivity, Motivation and
Growth Without Leaving Life Behind

10th Anniversary Seminar

The first 119 attendees register for only $49 per participant—saving $99

 April 10th, 2007
 8:30 a.m-3:00 p.m.
 Doubletree Hotel
 2900 Chinden Blvd,
 Boise, Idaho 83714.
 Ph (208) 343-1871

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 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 for creating extraordinary quality of life.

Here is a sample of some of the key tools that you will learn in this seminar and use immediately in major aspects of your work and life:

Discover America’s uniqueness and how to take advantage of it

9 actions that will make failing a non-option

Making change work: 11 top tips so as not to suffer from ‘Impala Syndrome’

The 7 must have ‘Spears to Overcome Buffaloes’ at work and
in life

What assets to possess and develop as a maximum team player

Outrageously available resources you can use for your success

How to turn ordinary actions into extraordinary results at work and in life

9 proven ways on how turn setbacks into opportunities for a better future

How involvement in your community is related with your professional, spiritual and personal success—learn key insights on Dr. Kituku involvement with Boise State Football Team’s success

All attendees will receive a free workbook ($39 value) with strategies for success beyond what is covered in the seminar, a poster of the Top 45 Must Know Life Lessons for Top Achievers (priceless), and refreshments. All attendees will also receive a special Kituku & Associates 10th Anniversary gift at the seminar.


The first 119 attendees to register for only $49 per participant—saving $99! This offer is time limited. It expires February 1st, 2007. After February 1st but before or on March 23rd registration is $89—saving $50. Thereafter registration is $139. For group discounts and scholarships for non-profit employees please call our office at (208) 376-8724.*

 How to Register:
Call Toll free 1-888-685-1621 or (208) 376-8724
Register Online - (Click Here)
E-Mail Dr. Kituku at:

Mail a check or money order to:

P.O. Box 7152
Boise, Idaho 83707
Visit for more information

Cancellation terms:
You can transfer your registration to future courses. You are guaranteed a 100% refund if you cancel your registration 30 days before the day of the course. Administrative fees of $40.00 will be taken from your registration if cancellation occurs between 29 days and two weeks before the course. There is no refund if cancellation occurs within 13 days of the school. If cancellation of the course is initiated by Kituku & associates, there will be 100% refund.

* Active Toastmasters members and military personnel (active or retired), please call our office at (208) 376-8724 for special rates.

As we prepare to celebrate our 10th anniversary in business, we plan to provide you with a monthly dose of useable speaking/training tips that have placed Dr. Vincent Muli Kituku among of the most-sought after speaker/trainers for organizations and conferences.

We start with the following:

5 Key tips for your speech to add VALUE to the
lives of any audience

Be authentic - clones are easily detected and dismissed.

Be aware of what they care to learn about from your speech.

Be believable – why should we rely on your story?

Be consistent - your life off the platform is part of your speech.

Be someone’s stepping stone, your story must be part of their life henceforth.

Be available for one-on-one “talk” after your speech.

9 Top Tips for developing a powerful speech

What’s the purpose of the speech? Don’t leave this to the
audience to figure out.

Connect with the audience on your first statement, pause or gesture.

An extraordinary introduction and conclusion are the recipe for a lasting impression.

Feed their expectation…don’t leave out any part of your story…they hate tying loose threads.

Stand on the high ground of good credit. Share the source of
your information.

Statistics and quotes that can’t be verified work against you. Do your homework.

Give audience time to assimilate powerful statements before
they work on your next sentence.

Both too little or too much can be bad. Stick to what’s right for
the time and good for the soul.

Trim your stories to “bare necessity” by using only the relevant ones for your speech.


The change, morale, fear of taking risks, dealing with unpredictable challenges and balancing work and life, in the workplace could be compared to the appearance of water buffaloes in an African village.

Buffaloes invaded villages without warning, devastating social structures, uprooting the harmonious livelihood of villagers and left them feeling insecure and stressed out.

A leader is the one who knows the buffaloes, where they are and has the right spear. If you need the “spears” to motivate and help your employees to be creative, inspired and focus for the overall success of your organization, then this seminar is
for you.

 Here are some highlights of what you will learn:

7 Must Know Key “Spears” to Succeed as a Leader

What Employees Need When they Think There is a Buffalo (change)

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

What You Must Do to Make Change Work

Know 5 Attributes that Will Make You the Leader Employees Want to Emulate

Top 9 Tips for Motivating People to Succeed in Any Situation


Over 49 metaphors, stories or quotes to use immediately and change your workplace.

At least appreciate the freedom it symbolizes.

I was born in Kenya towards the end of the atrocious British colonial era. One of my disturbing childhood memories is my grandmother screaming, warning my grandfather that the police were coming to collect taxes. That got him to run and hide in a sugar-cane garden.

Kenya became independent shortly thereafter. I remember the small flag I held as a first grader. That flag meant that my grandmother wouldn’t scream anymore and my grandfather wouldn’t have to suffer the humiliation of being unable to pay taxes and have to run, a sign of cowardice.

That would be the last flag, of my native country, I would hold with pride. Only government ministers were allowed to post a flag on the vehicles, unless you operated a business, thus the law required the flag to be displayed on political holidays. But you had to display the portrait of the president, in your own business, all the time if you didn’t want to be imprisoned.

In the early 1980s, as an operator of a small business next to a government administrative center, I witnessed the pain the flag had inflicted in the lives of innocent citizens. I saw a policeman, who was a friend, run and arrest two high school students that I knew.

I went to find out what these students had done. The policeman explained to me that they didn’t stop as the flag was being lowered for the evening. The procedure was simple. Before hoisting or lowering of the flag, a policeman blew a whistle, thus everyone had to stop what they were doing and stand until the flag was in position.

I pleaded for the release of tens of people who had been arrested for violating the respect of the flag. The problem was a heavily used vehicle road next to the center and no matter how loud the whistle was blown, you couldn’t hear it. My shop was less than 100 yards from the center and I never heard it.

Unfortunately, that was the least of the pains of independence. A few years after the country became independent, a vice president and other elected officials who dared to voice an opposing view, were detained. A detainee was not allowed the privilege of being taken to a court of law, visitation from family or the opportunity to have legal representation. Detainees left the confinements never to be the same again. The physical and psychological torture that they received left some unable to walk without support and largely insane.

The denial of freedom was not limited to adults. It’s over twenty years, but I have been unable to overcome the mental turmoil of watching fellow students shot and some killed by police. They were killed as we held a peaceful demonstration to voice concerns on bad government practices. A student leader was imprisoned and later died in prison from excessive beatings and being denied medical treatment.

Freedom is the ingredient from which creativity, dreams and progress are hatched. With freedom, you can discover your purpose and embark on a mission to accomplish that purpose without governmental impediments. The American freedom is an elusive vision for millions of people in this world.

Dr. Vincent Muli Wa Kituku, an author, speaker and seminar leader, works with organizations to increase productivity and improve the bottom line through employees and leadership programs. He can be reached at (208) 376-8724 or visit

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