Agile Transformations require engagement. Push transformations do not work. What exactly is an engagement model? Here is the definition: "Any pattern or set of patterns, reducible to practice, which result in more employee engagement, during the implementation of an organizational-change initiative." (http://openspaceagility.com/engagement-part-1/)
Here are quotes on engagement and imposition from thought leaders, authors, and speakers:
"By mid 2002, I concluded that prescriptively forcing a software development process on a team didn't work." -DJ Andersen, KANBAN, page 3.
“… imposing agile methods introduces a conflict with the values and principles that underlie agile methods.” -Martin Fowler
Transformations can’t be accomplished without others helping voluntarily, & people don’t help unless you engage them first. -Geoffrey Moore, ZONE TO WIN.
"Without [active leadership], any adaptation (of Kanban) was likely to be imposed...this was just as likely to raise objections as imposing an in appropriate process template." From: KANBAN Method, D.J. Andersen, pub date 2010, "My Search for Successful Change Management" Page 3
"The failures resulted from trying to use positional power to impose a process." Source: KANBAN Method, D.J. Andersen, pub date 2010, Page 21
"Transformation occurs through choice, not mandate. Invitation is the call to create an alternative future. " -Peter Block: COMMUNITY: THE STRUCTURE OF BELONGING
"Transformations can’t be accomplished without others helping voluntarily, & people don’t help unless you engage them first." -Geoffrey Moore, ZONE TO WIN. (Arguably one of the greatest management minds of our time.