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My dilemma is that of the civil servant. If a civil servant takes an initiative and things go right with it, he cannot, in the nature of his employment, look for much in the way of reward; whereas if his initiative goes wrong, he can expect all kinds of trouble, everything from reprimand to blocked promotion, and a permanent black mark against his name in the files. It is accepted, therefore, that the way to advance in the civil service, or in any field where civil service conditions prevail, is never take an initiative and never to support anyone else's. It is inevitable that this should be so.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Wherever a man comes, there comes a revolution. The old is for slaves.
Initiative is at the heart of manhood
Aristotle deemed courage to be the first virtue, because it makes all the other possible.
No matter how ridiculous your dream may sound to others, you owe yourself the responsibility of stepping out to do it.
Earning is a product of learning. You're only one letter away from earning more.
I realised no-one will come in to rescue me. I just had to step out somehow, and make my dreams come true.
Successful people move on their own initiative but they know where they are going before they start.
We must develop knowledge optimization initiatives to leverage our key learnings.
Ali Ibn Abi Talib
If you are greeted then return the greetings more warmly. If you are favored, then repay the obligation manifold; but he who takes the initiative will always excel in merit.
A man descending is propelled by inertia; the only initiative left him is whether or not he decides to enjoy the passing scene.
The gods only go with you if you put yourself in their path. And that takes courage.
Bernard Kelvin Clive
You may start small but don't stay small
... employees who take advantage of opportunities in a fast-moving, 24/7 business environment, without waiting for a leader to tell them what to do, are increasingly vital to organizational success. To understand how to maximize these employees' contributions is an important tool for all leaders.
Robert Foster Bennett
Without initiative, leaders are simply workers in leadership positions.
[The Clinton health care initiative is] washed-over old-time bureaucratic liberalism, or centralized bureaucratic socialism.
The Clean Michigan Initiative has been and continues to be a success.
No idea is so outlandish that it should not be considered with a searching but at the same time a steady eye.
Most nanny-state initiatives begin on a local level.
The fact is that in order to do anything in this world worth doing, we must not stand shivering on the bank thinking of the cold and the danger, but jump in and scramble through as well as we can.
Force yourself to simplify every initiative, every product, every marketing, everything you do.
Truman said he only needed a daily intelligence digest to keep from having to read a two-foot stack of cables every morning.
Take some initiative and snap outside of passivity; consistent small actions have impact.
There are some things I would gladly do, but not if someone told me to.
Silicon Valley wouldn't exist without massive government spending and in fact initiative.
Salvation, the prophets tell us, is preconditioned by repentance. The redeeming act of God waits upon man's initiative.
The man who goes to the top is the man who has something to say and says it when circumstances warrant. Men who keep silent underdressed are moral cowards.
Everyone wants to be wanted and if all people wait for someone else to invest in them, the world will be stuck in an eternal stalemate: nobody moves and nobody wins.
The first time, she’d done it off her own instincts, and he’d ripped her to shreds for not including the team in her decisions, but since then, he’d asked her what she’d have done if alone. This was why. There would always come a time when no one could help. Working alone meant making those choices, taking those chances.
It is a good initiative for the dreams that would change one society to be nursed in another environment, before being transplanted to strive in its original environment for the change process to begin!
Traditional corporations, particularly large-scale service and manufacturing businesses are organized for efficiency. Or consistency. But not joy. Joy comes from surprise and connection and humanity and transparency and new...If you fear special requests, if you staff with cogs, if you have to put it all in a manual, then the chances of amazing someone are really quite low. These organizations have people who will try to patch problems over after the fact, instead of motivated people eager to delight on the spot. The alternative, it seems, is to organize for joy. These are the companies that give their people the freedom (and the expectation) that they will create, connect and surprise. These are the organizations that embrace someone who make a difference, as opposed to searching the employee handbook for a rule that was violated.
When it comes to taking the initiative against drudgery, we have to take the first step as though there were no God. There is no point in waiting for God to help us--He will not. But once we arise, immediately we find He is there.
You see, I have come to believe in self-help, individual initiative, the love of what you do, and the full development of all individuals. I am constantly disappointed by how little we expect of ourselves and of the world.
Are you a passenger on a ghost ship or are you the pilot?
Height gives you the initiative.
Money doesn't make films. You just do it and take the initiative.
Success comes from taking the initiative and following up or persisting.
OneBeat is one of the greatest initiatives in advancing the meeting of cultures worldwide.
Bank robbery is an initiative of amateurs. True professionals establish a bank.
The halberd is inferior to the spear on the battlefield. With the spear you can take the initiative, the halberd is defensive.
A society which is mobile, which is full of channels for the distribution of a change occurring anywhere, must see to it that its members are educated to personal initiative and adaptability.
Dependency is death to initiative, to risk-taking and opportunity.
As our business grows, it becomes increasingly necessary to delegate responsibility and to encourage men and women to exercise their initiative. This requires considerable tolerance. Those men and women, to whom we delegate authority and responsibility, if they are good people, are going to want to do their jobs in their own way. Mistakes will be made. But if a person is essentially right, the mistakes he or she makes are not as serious in the long run as the mistakes management will make if it undertakes to tell those in authority exactly how they must do their jobs. Management that is destructively critical when mistakes are made kills initiative. And it's essential that we have many people with initiative if we are to continue to grow.
Fitness begins with initiative and continues with consistency. The six pack abs is a byproduct of being healthy.
Commitment to ourselves, our families, and our business is paramount to being successful. Human should be committed to rolling out great products, services and initiatives that impact those personal and professionals encounters which cross our path.
Well, Jack, we have taken the Macedonian, and your share of the prize, if we get her in safely, may be two hundred dollars; what will you do with it?” Stephen Decatur, commanding the frigate United States, North Atlantic, near the Azores Islands, 1812. “One hundred will go to my mother, sir, and the other I shall spend on schooling.” Jack Creamer, aged ten.
It is natural for me to ignore autograph seekers, but God wants me to share my testimony card with them and be loving. That power and initiative comes from him.
If you do not see light at the end of the tunnel, consider it an opportunity to create an opening yourself, wherever you want.
The government should now launch an initiative to encourage people to join the social work profession.
It was very much an Australian/New Zealand initiative to have a nuclear free South Pacific. And the Americans were very apprehensive about this. So, I explained to them that, as far as I was concerned, this didn't involve any diminution in our commitment to the ANZUS relationship. But David Lange took it further and he barred visits of US nuclear warships to New Zealand.