run (one's) own show

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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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Freedom to work the hours they want was the most appealing element of running their own show for most, followed by self-satisfaction and having more control over their career path.
The hotel puts its restaurants front and center--and why wouldn't it, with power-hitting chefs like Paul Qui and Francis Mallmann each running their own show? (Thomas Keller protege Gabriel Ask heads the poolside Veranda).
For those with an overabundance of fervor, running their own show may be the only way to go.
The Sharifs believed in running their own show and the result was that as Shahbaz Sharif was standing in the floodwater, just like all other high profile visitors, he was restricting the entire administration to protocol duties.
Running their own show and with numerous TV appearances in the Seventies, the name Gerry Cottle was established among the British circus families like Billy Smart and Chipperfield.
There can be few successful corporate executives who don't dream about running their own show. They might be at the top of the corporate tree, be well rewarded and enjoy widespread industry recognition, but they are still only employees.
Yet, for whatever reason, Scots are slower than some of our European cousins in committing themselves to running their own show. Chief Executive of Scottish Enterprise, Crawford Beveridge, says: "The business birth rate is increasing in Scotland, but we cannot take our eye off the ball.
Wayne and Lois's advice to budding entrepreneurs starting a business: 'Start small, learn to delegate, learn your strengths and weaknesses and then hire others to compensate.' What did they like about running their own show. 'The challenge and the unlimited potential to grow and create jobs.'
As redundancies grow and workers feel insecure about the future, thousands are switching to running their own show every year.
Apart from the Manitoba experiment, there are more than a few other examples of Native peoples running their own show:
Here, Tony shares his tips for success with a new business for those thinking of running their own show...
That possibility now appears to be remote, if only because Palestinians are running their own show and they have not been slow to demonstrate resentment of any form of intrusion from outside.
Running their own show like the English Premiership will be central.
Throughout the day security remained at its highest level with the PSNI running their own show while all the President's men kept their eyes trained on their boss and his entourage.