We buy new equipment to impact performance positively over the long term (i.e., over the life of the equipment). From the day of start-up, we expect results to be better, knowing that there could be some rough spots during ramp-up to full production, which can take months. Only the passage of time will confirm that the equipment met expected targets.
A culture shift can happen in a moment when people are together. One thing said by a person in authority can act as a catalyst to lift a barrier between departments and create the possibility that things really can be different. The actions over time that follow create the culture change IF they are consistent – otherwise nothing moves.
Just like additional production units and lower costs are the benefits of new equipment, trust between layers and departments and credibility of the management team are the benefits of culture change. Time delivers tons and trust. How different would things be if management teams understood this principle? How much faster could you optimize performance?