(1). When two people are working on overlapping projects that will basically get you to the same place in the end.
“Now, I don’t want to duplicate effort here, so I think we should let Tom put the presentation for the Honolulu conference together… Ken, why don’t you focus on booking Tom and I flights and hotels for the trip to Hawaii…?”
(1). To very publicly assume responsibility for a certain project or assignment so that your bosses will notice (see go-getter) in the hope that it will lead to either a promotion, raise or both.
“Gil, we’re impressed at how you’ve really taken ownership of this project and made it your own. Now, I’m not exactly thrilled that you’ve devoted so much of your work day to planning the office Christmas party, but…”