One of my favorite quotes came from Steve Jobs: “It doesn’t make sense to hire smart people and tell them what to do; we hire smart people so they can tell us what to do.”
That mantra is extremely important as a driver to building a high-performance team and culture. Whether you are a 5-person company or a 5,000-person company, you need to really give some thought to why you are hiring the people you choose to hire. You also need to consider how you create opportunities for idea sharing and innovation in a practical way that includes all levels of the corporate ladder.
Walmart has been in the news a few times over the past week or so regarding their investment in robotics and innovation. I think it’s really easy to get caught up in the “sexy” innovation coming from firms like Tesla and miss out on some real, impactful innovation coming from a retailer like Walmart. So, I’ll provide a quick walkthrough in this post of the couple robots that caught my eye.
I’ll lead with the innovation that is currently operational today: robots roaming the aisles in 50 stores around the US. Walmart has new, robotic employees that roam the aisles of the store three times per day to identify the stock of items, items placed in the wrong spot, incorrect prices, and missing labels. As the robot identifies issues, it sends alerts to the store personnel to address.