run (one's) own show

(redirected from run their own show)

run (one's) own show

To have complete autonomy or authority over something; to do something according solely to one's own inclinations, desires, opinions, etc. You can tell that the manager, so used to running his own show in the office, is finding it hard to adjust to having a boss of his own just a few doors down. The CEO's son really ran his own show in here for the last few years, until he was finally busted for fraud and removed from the company.
See also: own, run, show

run one's own show

see under run the show.
See also: own, run, show
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Writers used to work their way up through a system and patiently wait their turn to run their own show.
However, the over-riding need for discretion at the planning stage also means that it's a time when the full panoply of a private equity firm's expertise can be put to effective use by ambitious managers who sense an opportunity to create significant value and run their own show by constructing a management buyout.
Research from Axa Wealth also shows that a third say it has been their lifelong dream to run their own show.
Give them ownership; let them run their own show and the whole mindset changes.
But they have used the authority to run their own show.
They are likely to be most comfortable in situations where their achievements are rewarded and they can run their own show.
Portadown rank and file say enough is enough, and they're going to run their own show their own way.
Greenbaum, who said he had had numerous dealings with Cootes, added that "people like Jeremy like to run their own show as much as possible.
The constant brainwashing has gone far enough, let the movie theaters run their own show, they are after all privately owned, and keep the government out of it.
It has been a long time coming but finally the country's major clubs are gearing up to run their own show.
But they got tired of the corporate dance and they wanted the freedom to run their own show.
com puts the viewer in control, allowing them to run their own show,&uot; said Narayanan Ram, CEO and founder of SeeItFirst.
We want to help budding entrepreneurs - those young people who have the drive and ambition to run their own show and start new ventures.
Now organisers are looking for volunteers to run their own show, for which free training will be given.