I just finished watching 2001: A Space Odyssey with my kids and it's a good reminder that technology and tools may not always be what we expect.
Not every tool looks like a cell phone or an AI algorithm. Sometimes a club is a tool also. Hopefully, as business leaders, our use of clubs (both literal and figurative) is rare.
It is useful to consider the club in the following way: A club is different from a spaceship, but they are both tools. Perhaps, as the movie suggests, both rudimentary tools in some sense. If not today, then tomorrow.
People will always make more tools and they can use them in new ways. So people are the real asset in the long run. Humanity.
Humans are tool makers and the mind, while itself a tool, is capable of not only altering the world around it, but of altering itself for the better.
Today's spaceship is tomorrow's club and humanity today is not the same as humanity 1000 or a 100 years ago.
This is our challenge as humans and business leaders - people evolve. Customers get more sophisticated. Spaceships become clubs. Humans persist.
How will you use this to motivate and unlock discretionary effort in your organization? Hint: not like the picture.