She is smart, dedicated and has initiative. I expect to see her promoted soon.
He did it on his own initiative. His boss didn’t even know about it.
I admire her initiative.
Once the advance was stalled, we lost the initiative.
The CEO introduced a new initiative to improve customer satisfaction.
The ballot initiative would limit real growth in state expenditures to growth in population.
For the second week in a row, I leave out Hilly’s bathroom initiative.
Kathryn Stockett -- The Help
Coach’ll probably congratulate you on your initiative!
Arthur Miller -- Death of a Salesman
Thank goodness for the Storking Initiative, that wonderful law that allows girls like her a far better alternative.
Neal Shusterman -- Unwind
We the Coalition hereby grant the PCC express permission to fully implement their PC Initiative #1 as presented in full and attached below.
James Dashner -- The Kill Order
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That very morning, a message from a college friend, Tania Schwartz, came through, pleading for help with an initiative her brother was spearheading.
Dave Eggers -- The Circle
The project would eventually be named the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI).
Bryan Stevenson -- Just Mercy
As to establishing contact with the study species — this seemed out of the question at the moment, unless the wolves themselves decided to take the initiative.
Farley Mowat -- Never Cry Wolf
Before too long folk were taking initiative to sing out their own verses when the chorus was over.
Patrick Rothfuss -- The Name of the Wind
At thirty minutes past ten, Brown pulled a third alarm (which would bring every one of the city’s remaining fire engines to the scene) — once again on his own initiative and once again for the wrong box.
Jim Murphy -- The Great Fire
Someone over there at North South Bank is on top of things, because as the letter states: Taking the initiative to improve the property as a renter shows a commitment to the values we at North South Bank hold dear.
Holly Goldberg Sloan -- Counting by 7s
Only his wife was looking at him, her face alight with interest as he discussed the value of hard labor, then the deplorable lack of initiative in the younger generation, then the benefits conferred by having lived through the Great Depression.
Anne Tayler -- A Spool of Blue Thread
Mr. Nielsen is a member of the chamber of commerce, and conversations often include discussion of initiatives and plans for stimulating business in this "unruly" economy, as he calls it.
Christina Baker Kline -- Orphan Train
I knew that I must find the train to Uelzen, but months of being told what to do had left me robbed of initiative.
Corrie Ten Boom -- The Hiding Place
Necessity had forced me to this, not only because I had no extra money for entertainment but because, as a newcomer to the metropolis, less shy than simply proudly withdrawn, I lacked both the opportunity and the initiative to make friends.
William Styron -- Sophie’s Choice
Why Dougal, generally the mirror of his brother’s opinions, should have shown such initiative in raising money for the House of Stuart.
Diana Gabaldon -- Outlander
Now I had taken the initiative and bought one anyway.
Khaled Hosseini -- And The Mountains Echoed
If something went wrong, her sons would have to take the initiative to call for help.
Warren St. John -- Outcasts United
Also, the individual soldiers were given little initiative.
Orson Scott Card -- Ender’s Game
Armstrong being busy with the collapsed woman, Lombard was free once more to take the initiative.
Agatha Christie -- And Then There Were None
It was never an institutional initiative.
Rebecca Skloot -- The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
There were several attempts to snatch at them, but it was the mayor’s wife who took the initiative.
Markus Zusak -- The Book Thief
Before coming out here, I took the initiative to look up "candid" in the dictionary.
Jay Asher -- Thirteen Reasons Why
Started in 1964 as a federal initiative, Job Corps was designed to help disadvantaged youth.
Wes Moore -- The Other Wes Moore
Marvelous! I mean, I think I’ve shown quite a bit of initiative with the weather channel, eh?
Rick Riordan -- The Lost Hero
On their own initiative the Congolese seem unable to produce much in the way of hair—half of them are bald as a bug, even the girls.
Barbara Kingsolver -- The Poisonwood Bible
A reluctant elevator-boy went for a box full of straw and some milk, to which he added on his own initiative a tin of large, hard dog-biscuits — one of which decomposed apathetically in the saucer of milk all afternoon.
F. Scott Fitzgerald -- The Great Gatsby
’The remaining quarter of the bedsheet I’ve set aside for myself as a reward for my enterprise, work and initiative.
Joseph Heller -- Catch-22
In the famous nineteenth-century novels of Horatio Alger, young boys born into poverty rise to riches through a combination of pluck and initiative.
Malcolm Gladwell -- Outliers
But the initiative had passed to the Israelis, and the tension was gone from it by now.
Chaim Potok -- The Chosen
The assistant manager had exhausted his power of initiative by volunteering to call her.
Ayn Rand -- Atlas Shrugged
Degrees of ability vary, but the basic principle remains the same: the degree of a man’s independence, initiative and personal love for his work determines his talent as a worker and his worth as a man.
Ayn Rand -- The Fountainhead
But it was a long time before I ventured to take the initiative, and still longer before I could find something appropriate to say at the right time.
Helen Keller -- Story of My Life
In 1996, I went to an ordinary block of two-bedroom homes in East Los Angeles to understand why nearly a third of California Latinos had supported Proposition 187, a voter initiative to bar illegal immigrants from schools, hospitals, and most public assistance.
Sonia Nazario -- Enrique’s Journey
Blomkvist took the initiative.
Stieg Larsson -- The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
For the first time they decide that they will take the initiative, and invade us — and pick you up, too, of course.
John Wyndham -- The Chrysalids
You think he wants me to take the initiative?
Ken Kesey -- One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
Pecola always took the initiative with Marie, who, once inspired, was difficult to stop.
Toni Morrison -- The Bluest Eye
They were to use their own initiative and be innovative as they went forward.
Malcolm Gladwell -- Blink
A servant loses his initiative.
John Steinbeck -- East of Eden
Late in the afternoon, when he went ashore for a while, Mr Tanimoto, upon whose energy and initiative many had come to depend, heard people begging for food.
John Hersey -- Hiroshima
He said that the Emperor Alexander did not consider Kurakin’s demand for his passports a sufficient cause for war; that Kurakin had acted on his own initiative and without his sovereign’s assent, that the Emperor Alexander did not desire war, and had no relations with England.
Leo Tolstoy -- War and Peace
He had no genius for organizing, for initiative, or for order even.
Joseph Conrad -- Heart of Darkness
They’ve lost the initiative, which means they’ve lost the war.
Frank Herbert -- Dune
At last Eragon realized that he had to take the initiative if he were to ever have a chance of mending his relationship with her.