“Here is a simple but powerful rule – always give people more that what they expect to get.” – Nelson Boswell
What defines an exceptional leader, a great manager, a super business, or remarkable experience? Something extra.
There are two words (one French and the other Spanish) that convey and represent the concept of something extra, lagniappe and pilon.
Lagniappe (hear it) is the word commonly used in Southern Louisiana and Mississippi. It’s defined by the American Heritage Dictionary as an extra or unexpected gift or benefit.
Pilon is the Spanish word used in the southern US and Mexico to describe a gratuity given by tradesmen to customers settling their accounts, it’s something extra, and not expected.
Incorporating something extra in our actions, results and as a business philosophy can be incredibly powerful.
- forces creativity and innovation.
- demands clear understanding what is expected of us by others.
- focuses our attention of adding value, and not on cutting costs.
- is positive.
- is rewarded with good will and positive reactions.
- will lead to continual improvement.
- is fundamental to continued success.
Something extra is all about the little things and details.
Something extra is not just something “free”, it must arrive without anticipation, unexpectedly in order for it to be special and make an impact.
Something extra allows you to surprise the customer.
Something extra will make think about your results and expectations. It will make the difference between simple compliance and outstanding results.
Something extra will make you and your results different from all the others.
Embracing something extra and applying it on a daily basis, will make you great.
Giving something extra is not a difficult task. It’s all about applying small acts of innovation and creativity to your results, especially for routine and day-to-day tasks.
The power of something extra can change your life, your products, your processes and how others perceive you.
“If you want to be creative in your company, your career, your life, all it takes is one easy step… the extra one. When you encounter a familiar plan, you just ask one question: What ELSE could we do?” – Dale Dauten
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