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on (one's) own initiative

Without requiring or having been given instruction, prompting, or guidance from others; by one's own effort or energy. Few things impress employers more than implementing business solutions on your own initiative. I just think Jennifer needs to do things on her own initiative more, instead of waiting to see what her boyfriend wants to do all the time.
See also: initiative, on, own

take the initiative (to do something)

to activate oneself to do something even if one has not been asked to do it. The door hinges squeak because no one will take the initiative to oil them. Sometimes, in order to get things done, you have to take the initiative.
See also: initiative, take

take the initiative

to be the first one to do something She wanted to move, to take the initiative, to give him a big hug.
Usage notes: often said about an effort to solve a problem: Parents need to take the initiative with their children's after-school programs.
See also: initiative, take

on one's own account

Also, on one's own hook or initiative . For oneself; also, by one's own efforts, as in I've gone into business on my own account, or He called the police on his own hook, or She went job-hunting on her own initiative. The first term, first recorded in 1801, transfers the financial sense of account to one's own interest or risk. The hook variant, a colloquialism, was first recorded in 1812 and the precise analogy is unclear. The second variant, using initiative in the sense of "enterprise," was first recorded in 1858.
See also: account, on, own

take the initiative

Begin a task or plan of action, as in The boss was on vacation when they ran out of materials, so Julie took the initiative and ordered more . This term uses initiative in the sense of "the power to originate something," a usage dating from the late 1700s.
See also: initiative, take

initiative

n. cocaine. (see also incentive.) Maybe I need some more of that initiative to get me going.

on (one's) own initiative

Without prompting or direction from others; on one's own.
See also: initiative, on, own
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In late March, The Washington Post reported, "Under the auspices of its religion-based initiatives and other federal programs, the administration has funneled at least $157 million in grants to organizations run by political and ideological allies.
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The easy-to-implement performance initiatives have been done, and top management teams must now implement a complex series of key initiatives to take their organizations to the next level.
The participants all agreed the state's current political climate is not good, blaming an ineffectual Legislature, meddling interest groups and an rush to resort to direct democracy through initiatives.
Much of the public attention paid to the visit focused on the civil nuclear energy agreement, but I would also like to draw the Committee's attention to the other initiatives that were agreed to by the two leaders.
The completed list of Cycle 8 approved initiatives follows:
To improve coverage, the IRS is expanding its scope of compliance initiatives by (1) introducing pilot programs, which will help it to learn more about compliance; and (2) standardizing audit procedures for the future.
According to Dushanka Kleinman, the assistant director for NIH Roadmap coordination, implementation of All 27 initiatives will begin in 2004.
Successful change initiatives are always driven by a handful of people who have a private, shared vision of what they want to do.
Anyone who wanted to develop an understanding of recordkeeping and records management for the' purpose of advancing any professional initiatives, either globally or in a particular country, had basically nowhere to turn.
By votes of 65 percent and 54 percent, respectively, Nevada and Colorado approved initiatives permitting the medical use of marijuana, raising to nine the number of states with such laws.
Initiatives were introduced in Oregon and California at the turn of the century as a way of bypassing legislatures overrun by corruption.
Be wary of so-called Internet technology companies that don't have true corporate application development experience," advises Peter Montadas, a founder of Initiatives Corporation, a Miami-based "Web-centric" computer consulting company with a proven track record.
As a result of this meeting many of the state agencies have implemented streamlining initiatives.
The plan consists of 28 strategic initiatives organized into five Strategic Directions: Who We Are, What We Offer Our Members, How We Deliver Services, How We Finance the Organization, And How We Relate to the External World.
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