James Waddell from The Spartan Initiative LLC

James Waddell

Founder & CEO at The Spartan Initiative LLC

Indianapolis, IN, USA


Last updated September 11, 2020

One Sentence About Me  

Positive and helpful servant leader who loves mentoring, creating win-win solutions, and learning.

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Who I Am  

A Little About Me

I grew up living all around the US while my mother was getting her PhD, living in 8 different states before I graduated high school. I continued this trend when I joined the military which led to calling no fewer than 12 different countries home. In the military rank is generally everything in regards to leadership, however from the moment I left training I was placed in leadership positions, even though I was the lowest ranked person. I led people with decades more experience and many ranks higher for my entire military career. This was a trend that began a couple years before I joined the military, where the entry level jobs I worked at quickly promoted me or gave me drastically increased responsibilities due to what they saw as leadership potential. In the military and since then I have tried to learn and improve this ability to manage and lead people through servant leadership, mentorship, and continuous improvement. I finished my first Bachelors degree while attending Oxford University (New College), and fulfilled a promise to family to return to the midwest where they were living to be nearby after living afar for 12 years. My intention was to finish a degree in Counter-terrorism & International Relations, however the recession caused me to go a different route. I was working on my thesis and looking for opportunities across the US for positions that would allow me to utilize my degree while I was working at the think tank the Sagamore Institute. I found that a vast majority of counter-terror jobs had been downsized due to the recession. I had to quickly pivot, and after a look at the job market at the time, I decided to finish my masters degree while getting a second bachelors degree that would give me more business experience. This did give me the opportunity to take customer service management and operations management positions at one of the few places hiring in my area at the time. I was looking for increased responsibilities and to continue learning; and struck out on my own, helping small businesses in the area with a variety of business issues ranging from employee satisfaction to operations from process improvement to business development. During this time I began working on an idea I had and started developing it, stepping partly away from my consulting business to work on developing the patent on this item. I have recently finished all preparations and am writing the patent application and looking to return to a leadership position; which I find very fulfilling.

Interesting Factoid

I am an active scuba and skydiver.


Languages

Spanish - conversational (rusty)
Japanese - conversational (very rusty)

Countries Visited

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Spain
Japan
Diego garcia
Kenya
Djibouti
Kenya
Madagascar
Germany
Portugal
Morocco
United Kingdom
Ireland
Czechia
Poland
Italy
Iceland
Norway
Bahrain
Saudi Arabia
Greece
Mexico
Aruba
Netherlands
Korea
Philippines

What I Do  


Professional Experience

The Spartan Initiative LLC

Founder & CEO

Oct 2014 - Present
Founder and CEO of The Spartan Initiative L.L.C. Business Planning/Strategy, finance, management and all other aspects of business. Manages consultants, ensuring timelines are followed and projects complete. Builds and maintains relationships with customers, consultants, businesses, and governmental bodies. Consults for small business on change leadership, customer and employee satisfaction and retention, increasing productivity, and reducing costs. Handles all aspects of patenting two ideas; design and production.

Dedicated Dispatch Manager for Northeast and Texas Regional Fleets

Feb 2014 - Feb 2016
Manage all aspects of customer service, operations, p&l, and claims for two fleets. Covered for account manager when he travels monthly. Managed 45 personnel, including hiring, terminations, payroll, and HR issues. Learned 4DX processes improvement program and used it to create process improvement plans, increase employee retention, productivity, and employee as well as customer satisfaction. Assisted in leading the expansion of the Texas fleet, working with senior leadership and the customer. Texas fleet was the only fleet that was retained after customer changed transportation providers; Actually doubling its' size while removing business from all other fleets across the continental US.
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Professional Expertise

Leadership
Process improvement
Mentorship
Data Analysis
Root cause analysis
Win-win solution creation
Integrity
Continual skill improvement
Working smarter and harder
cross departmental organization
Creating buy-in
Process creation

Professional Interests

Leadership
Continuing Education
Process Improvement
Mentorship
Problem Solving
Root causes
Win-win solutions
Employee satisfaction
Helping People
Integrity
Customer satisfaction
Learning better ways to lead
360 degree feedback
Analysis
Complex/wide ranging problems

What I Stand For  

What Inspires Me  


Instagram

Favorites  

Hobbies

Skydiving
Scuba
Rowing
Board games
Travel
Reading
Food

Food & Drinks

Everything!

Games

Borderlands 3
Witcher 3
Pandemic
King of Tokyo
Secret Hitler

Music Genres, Groups & Artists

Anything

Marshmello
diplo
U2
Kendrick Lamar
Childish Gambino
Eminem

Movies, TV Shows, Actors & Actresses

Get out
Avengers
The usual suspects

Brands

Apple

Education  

School

M.A. – Master of Arts, International Relations

B.A. – Bachelor of Arts, International Business

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