Ahjamu Umi

Overcoming Adversity and Obstacles Coach

There is no progress without struggle! — Frederick Douglass

Ahjamu rose from a poor inner-city environment to obtain a Masters in Economics from California State University, Sacramento.  He has spent the last 15 years as an executive banker.  He has traveled and lived in such diverse places as Ghana, Senegal, and Cuba, and he has helped implement and organize self-sufficiency programs for people in those countries as well as in inner-city American neighborhoods.  He is a highly regarded public speaker and organizer.  He has worked with the most challenging of coaching cases, mentoring dozens of inner-city young men on working through adversity and channeling their energy into positive directions to make positive impacts on their lives.

He has also mentored many professional people within banking to move on to productive careers by helping them develop tools to navigate successfully through corporate culture and obstacles.  He is a resource for parents and other people to learn necessary skills about how to work through life’s ever-present obstacles.

Ahjamu has also successfully raised a daughter who recently graduated from college and he has played an active role in co-parenting a number of children (it takes a village to raise each of our children).

How do we overcome adversity to succeed in our lives?

The above quote by the great emancipator Frederick Douglass is clear enough, but much of the training we receive in life seems to teach us to believe that conflict will resolve itself without us intervening.  Anyone who has ever dealt with a difficult colleague, manager, spouse, friend, neighbor, etc., knows this is never the case.  Our problems don’t get resolved until we learn the necessary skills to resolve them.  This requires an active role on our part to make this happen.  My coaching helps you develop the following skills and abilities:

  • Honesty and clarity in identifying your strengths and weaknesses.  This permits you to understand and accept the areas you need to improve instead of being defensive about them.  It also gives you confidence in the areas where you excel so that you can benefit from those strengths instead of allowing them be used against you.
  • Learning how to establish and maintain healthy boundaries so that you know clearly when it’s time to stand up for yourself and how to do it in a healthy and productive manner that makes you gain confidence and feel better.
  • Becoming better organized so you can improve your follow up and gain credibility.
  • Learning self assessment skills to make you a stronger person.
  • Establishing and maintaining a center so that you have that foundation to confront the world we live in head-on.
  • Learning the ability to say no, mean no, and not feel guilty about it.
  • Establishing healthy relationships with your children that observe and respect parental roles and responsibilities.

The above points are essential tools for effectively maneuvering within any relationship, whether it’s personal or professional or both.  It’s time to unleash that strong person inside you!!  Are you ready?  Ask for a free consultation with me now.

Our African American life and executive coaches serve clients in Los Angeles, San Francisco and the Bay Area, Miami, Chicago, Detroit, Minneapolis, St. Louis, New York City, Charlotte, Philadelphia, Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, Madison, Milwaukee, NYC, Washington D.C., San Diego, Denver, Jacksonville, Atlanta, Honolulu, Baltimore, Boston, Kansas City, Omaha, Las Vegas, Newark, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton, Portland, Pittsburgh, Nashville, Fort Worth, Salt Lake City, Seattle, San Jose, Phoenix, Tucson, Tampa, Olympia, Spokane, Tacoma, Oakland, Palo Alto, Pasadena, Oakland, Sacramento, Santa Monica, Greenwich, Hartford, New Haven, Albuquerque, Austin, Birmingham, Huntsville, Montgomery, Eugene, Salem, Bend,  Medford, and many more!

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