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Focused on soft skills, they are designed to help you build a strong competitive advantage in the 21st Century.
Duncan Nuggets® have been used by over a million young people and professionals in dozens of schools, institutions, and youth serving organizations.
If you are part of a youth serving institution or organization, feel free to use them as part of your program.
Apply for your free user license here. Performance character and soft skills topics covered on DuncanNuggets.com include:
- College and Career Readiness
- Professionalism/Work Ethic
- Diligence, Grit, and Self-Control
- Mentoring and Networking
- Decision Making and Problem Solving
- Personal and Social Responsibility
- Personal Branding
- Productivity and Time Management
- Goal Achievement
- Anti-bullying and Diversity
NOTE: At the end of nearly all of the videos and articles on DuncanNuggets.com you will find either an activity, action steps, discussion questions, or a combination of all three.
Everything on DuncanNuggets.com is specifically written for young people and professionals working with them. Your organization can join dozens of others that use the free videos, articles, and activities on this site as part of their soft skills, character education, and college/career readiness training. If you represent a school, institution, or youth organization, apply to get your free user license here.
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Some of the people who are using DuncanNuggets.com are:
- Students, young adults, and young professionals
- Program Directors/Managers
- Youth Workers
- Social Workers
- Juvenile Justice Professionals
Our mission is to help young people build a competitive advantage in the 21st Century by providing evidence-based resources and solutions to youth serving organizations and institutions.
I am the President & Chief Executive Officer of Al Duncan Enterprises, LLC. As an award-winning youth advocate, author, publisher, and international authority on soft skills and character education (performance values), I have delivered Duncan Nuggets® live and in person to more than one million young people and professionals around the world.
Why are you committed to helping young people and those working with them?
Here’s the short version:
It all started when I was raising my youngest brother. I grew up in a terrible, crime infested neighborhood in North Philly. I’m the oldest of six. My family was broke. (Surprise, surprise.)
I was molested at 5, my teenaged parents were divorced by the time I was 15. That’s the same year I found out that my dad, my hero, was addicted to crack. (He’s been clean for years now. Awesome!)
The expression I use when describing my childhood is “devasted, but not defeated” Refusing to be stuck around the way for the rest of my life, I went on to become a professional saxophone player, but I walked away from it all at 24 because of a phone call from my mom.
“Al, I’m worried about your brother.”
My youngest brother, Nate, was headed for trouble—life-threatening trouble. (He was 12 at the time.) You have to understand, the life expectancy for young guys in that area wasn’t good…at all. So, I walked away from my career (that I was screwing up because of poor choices) and went back to a place that I promised myself I would never go again. But that was my brother, man. It was the right thing to do.
Nate and I moved to Atlanta. I became a professional chef (No. I don’t like cooking. I only did it for him.) For the most part, he stayed out of trouble and more importantly, he stayed alive.
Now that he’s “all grown up”, I spend my days doing something I absolutely love doing: being an international youth advocate who travels the world Helping Young People Build A Competitive Advantage™ Check out my “official” bio here.
“Al, how do I ask you questions?”
Soft skills are intrapersonal and interpersonal abilities that help a person to gain a competitive advantage in social and professional settings. These skills include competencies in areas such as Emotional Intelligence, communication, leadership ability, etiquette, conflict resolution, decision making, self-motivation, self-discipline, persuasion, etc.
The reason for all the fuss is simple. Experts ranging from psychologists to business leaders; educational and spiritual leaders, agree that one or more of the soft skills have the greatest impact on your level of success. Click here to read the rest of this article: Q& A: What are soft skills and why all the fuss?
Like many entrepreneurs and business professionals, I spent a lot of time studying the concept of competitive advantage. One day I realized that a lot of the same principles apply to people. I played around the business definition and came up with my own for individuals.
“A competitive advantage is the ability gained through your performance and resources to thrive in your personal and professional life.”
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