The Domino Effect


We’ve all seen the beautiful domino constructions where, after tipping one domino ever so slightly, it causes an entire line to topple in a cascade of rhythmic motion. This is what is known as the “domino effect.” It’s also a metaphor for any actions that create an effect similar to a chain reaction.

Dominoes (also called bones, cards, men, pieces or tiles) are small rectangular blocks of clay, wood, or another material that have been marked with an arrangement of dots on one side and a blank or matchingly patterned other side. The number of dots on a domino piece indicates its value. A piece that has a single pips is worth one point, while a double has two pips and is worth two points. Each domino is normally twice as long as it is wide, making them easier to stack and re-stack.

Unlike playing cards, dominoes are not used for betting or gambling purposes. Instead, players build structures or lines of dominoes for entertainment. The first player begins by placing a domino on the table with its matching end touching an end of a previous domino. Each subsequent player must place a domino on the table, positioning it so that its matching end touches an end of another domino and so on. A player wins a game by scoring the most points in this fashion.

While the rules of domino vary from game to game, there are a few basic principles that can be applied when building or designing a structure for dominoing. First, the structure should be made of sturdy materials that can withstand a force equivalent to the weight of the structures built on it. It’s also important that all of the pieces fit together seamlessly and are firmly anchored to the structure.

The company Domino’s became a well-known name in the pizza business because of its strategy to think global and act local. They have a slogan, “Khushiyonkihomedelivery”, which shows that they are focused on customer service and care about the local community. The company’s leaders are adamant about listening to the feedback of their employees, which has helped them improve operations and customer service.

When the CEO, David Brandon, took over from his predecessor, John Doyle, in 2012, he began implementing changes that would make the company more flexible and responsive to employees’ needs. One of these was to change the company’s leadership training program. This involved speaking with workers to see what they thought was needed to improve the company’s culture. This new program, along with other changes, has helped the company thrive. It is now ranked #1 on the Detroit Free Press’ Top Workplaces list.