How I prepared to step back from my business

One minute briefing: Born Social founder Rob O’Donovan’s leadership transition was ‘beautifully boring’.

by Stephen Jones

Leaders decide to leave a business for many reasons. They might, for example, feel like they’ve reached a stage where they’ve given all that they can and the business needs a fresh face.

Sometimes the circumstances under which they leave can be ignominious, as a result of a scandal. Either way, if it’s not handled well it can be an immensely disruptive time for a company.

In Rob O’Donovan’s case it was the desire to pursue a new business opportunity that led him, and his co-founder Ben Gateley, to step back from the social media company they founded in 2012, Born Social. 

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