Great stuff from the DailyKaizen [the broken link was removed]:
So few organizations can think beyond the current urgent need (often this day or week or month, not even quarter). Thinking long term is not about waiting around. But it is about constancy of purpose. The powerful gains from any management system are not those in the first year. The benefits possible in the 5th year or 10th year… are not possible in first year. The capacity to take advantage of management improvement needs to be developed and it is a multi-year effort (if it is done well – otherwise it will abandoned after the initial hype for the next new fad). The gains should grow and compound over time.
Related: Lexus: Long Term Thinking