Willem Hoek

Knoster Model for Managing Change

Jan 07, 2020

Eugene Delacroix, Liberty Leading the People, 1830

Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.

John F. Kennedy

The Knoster Model is a handy framework for thinking about change. This change model was adapted from T Knoster, Presentation to TASH Conference, Washington DC, 1991. [1]

There are five components required that will leads to successfull change. Although some articles include a sixth one: Consensus

Vision + Skills + Incentives + Resources + Action Plan => CHANGE

Comment: I have been unable to locate the original presentation by Knoster. If you can find it, please send it on to me.

How to use it: Are you experiencing any of the following emotions in your projects, job or life in general: False Starts (Treadmill), Frustration, Resistance, Anxiety, Sabotage or Confusion. Use the model below to see what might be missing.

Knoster change model

Some questions to ask :

  To avoid Ask these type of questions
Vision Confusion Why are we making this change? What will the future looks like?
Consensus Sabotage Do we all agree to do this?
Skills Anxiety Do we have the know-how to pull it off?
Incentives Resistance What are the pay-off?
Resources Frustration Do we have the time, money and people available to to do this?
Action Plan False start What are the steps to follow? Who will do what?


[1] T Knoster, Presentation to TASH Conference, Washington DC, 1991.

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