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Raised in the small town of Orangeburg, SC, Clint Padgett grew up around businesses. His father owned and operated several small businesses around town—gas stations, liquor stores, fireworks stands—and Clint was around to help from an early age. It instilled in Clint an entrepreneurial enthusiasm that remains with him to this day. Together with his parents, his brother, and his father’s employees, they worked to make the businesses a success. That simple mission would go on to become central to Clint’s project success approach.

What’s more, that experience taught Padgett how to deal with people from all walks of life, and gave him insights into the critical role people play in project success.

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Clint eventually moved on from his early days in Orangeburg and joined the Navy, spending six years on an aircraft carrier as an electrician’s mate before deciding that life on the high seas wasn’t the one he wanted. He would go on to earn a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from The Georgia Institute of Technology before earning his MBA from The Fuqua School of Business at Duke University.

Through it all, Clint learned valuable lessons, like the value of teamwork, and how easily projects can fall apart when teams aren’t working in unison. While at Georgia Tech he began to notice that while many of his classmates were brilliant technical minds they often struggled with interpersonal relationships, including communication skills. Once Padgett entered the real world, he observed those interpersonal shortcomings contribute to failed projects, often due to poor communications. His passion to provide clarity through conversations was born.

They weren’t having the conversation that is so critical to projects getting across the finish line. The one in which everyone claims their part of the project, establishes a timeline that works for them, and commits to doing their part in front of the team. It’s conversation—up-close and personal—that breaks down silos, allows for cross-functional teaming, and ensures projects remain a priority for all involved. When teammates freely make promises to each other, rather than allegiance to a stale process with predictable—often disappointing—results, magic happens. This simple but profound insight formed the backbone of Clint’s business optimization philosophy, and is how any engagement with Clint and Project Success Incorporated begins—with a conversation.

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Clint Padgett joined PSI (Project Success Incorporated) in 1994, eventually buying the company in 2005. Since the early days, Clint and his teams have helped some of the world’s biggest brands—like Coca-Cola—implement more efficient, accountable, and reliable project management practices. PSI works with Fortune 1,000 companies across the globe to make agile, cross-functional business outcome optimization processes more than a temporary engagement with a strategic partner, but rather a lasting part of organizational culture that helps teams execute on-time, on-budget, and on-spec well into the future.

After 37 years, PSI success stories include planning and executing projects at 15 Olympics, 11 world soccer events, managing hundreds of products from conception to market over the course of four decades working with companies like Caterpillar, and training over 41,000 individuals on the Project Success Methodology, to name just a few.

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