By AJ Ratani
“Don’t be such a drama queen.” “Would you man up?”“In this office, it’s every man for himself.”All pretty innocent expressions, wouldn’t you think? In fact, I can probably bet that each and every one of us has used these words and phrases at some point—as well as others—both in our professional and personal lives. After all, there isn’t anything offensive or off-color here, right?
Launching a startup isn’t for the weak of stomach. Many startups celebrate their lax (or nonexistent) dress codes and their daily ping-pong rituals, but that’s a decoy; new enterprises face countless struggles, from founders without CEO experience to funding issues to growth that’s too fast — or, often, not fast enough.