The elements of successful TPM are similar to any continuous improvement process. Upper management commitment is essential to the long-term success of TPM. The organization must be willing to absorb the costs of implementing and sustaining the TPM program in order to increase profits. The organization needs to be committed to the basic elements of culture change. Successful organizational culture change characteristics include a strong internal customer focus, top management commitment, willingness to change, a management philosophy that supports change, risk taking, gathering and sharing information, clearly defining roles and responsibilities, an overall strategy, specific tasks identified, solid decision making, stability, innovation, trust, and an effective problem solving process.