School Business Affairs September 2020 SCHOOL BUSINESS AFFAIRS | SEPTEMBER 2020 25 LEADERSHIP Navigating Change: Guiding Principles for Moving Forward Lessons in leading yourself and your organization forward. By Anna Billman A s administrators, teach- ers, and students around the world pivoted dramatically to wrap up instruction for the 2019–2020 school year, perhaps the great- est lesson they learned together was how to navigate and adapt to major change. This large-scale hands-on learning experiment will continue into the 2020–2021 school year, as different strategies for just about every aspect of school operations and logistics will be adjusted, tested, and possibly readjusted to ensure safety, equity, and a positive educational experi- ence for all. As the first general session speaker at ASBO International’s 2019 Annual Conference & Expo in National Harbor, Maryland, change expert Ariane de Bonvoisin described how our personal views about and approaches to change can affect our ability to move forward when the ground shifts beneath us. Change: One Guarantee in Life Little did we know last fall just how much change the entire world would face with the COVID-19 pandemic. Change is one of the guarantees in life, but we don’t teach students how to navigate it, de Bonvoisin said. The tools to handle change successfully— resilience, positivity, and persis- tence—are skills that can be learned, however, and school business officials can role-model these attri- butes for their staffs, students, and communities. “What happens in our schools,” de Bonvoisin shared, “is what will happen in the world.” Drawing from her book The First 30 Days: Your Guide to Making Any Change Easier , de Bonvoisin laid out nine guiding principles for people faced with any kind of change. These principles can reveal what might be preventing us from progressing and can demonstrate how we can adjust our mind-set, get unstuck, and move forward. De Bonvoisin’s Principles of Change 1. Beliefs. Those who navigate change successfully have positive beliefs about change, about them- selves, and about the world. Often- times, we don’t consciously choose these beliefs—our family and friends have transferred them to us. Examine your beliefs about your- self by answering the following questions: • What is the worst thing you tell yourself about yourself? COURTESY OF KYLE KLEIN Change expert Ariane de Bonvoisin shared her perspectives about leadership during the 2019 ASBO International Annual Conference & Expo. Her keynote address was sponsored by Security Benefit.