Domino, also known as dominoes or dominations, is a type of game in which players lay tiles down so that their ends touch one another. The resulting chain of dominoes gradually increases in length and the player with the most completed chain wins. The game can be played on a table or a specially designed domino board.
There are several ways to play domino, and each game has its own set of rules that govern how the pieces should be laid down. The game can be played by two or more people and the pieces can be arranged in straight lines, curved lines, grids that form pictures when they fall, or 3D structures such as towers and pyramids. The most common domino set contains 28 tiles, with each tile containing either dots or pips similar to those found on dice. Other sets contain more or less than 28 tiles, and the number of pips on each end can vary.
The concept behind the game of domino is based on gravity and energy. When a domino is standing upright it has potential energy, or stored energy based on its position. When a domino is struck, the energy it has stored converts to kinetic energy, or the energy of motion. This change of energy can cause other dominoes to fall over, a process known as a domino effect.
This same idea can be applied to personal life. In the video below, physicist Ivy Lee explains how domino chains can represent how we can focus our efforts on one key activity that can help “knock over” other activities. Lee teaches Schwab how to choose the most important task of the day and work on it until completion. She calls this the “main domino.” Schwab is able to complete the main domino because he prioritizes his tasks and focuses his energy on one at a time.
Similarly, when we take the time to address the biggest issues at our companies, it can have a domino effect that helps move other activities forward. For example, when David Brandon was CEO of Domino’s, he realized that the company’s high turnover rate needed to be addressed. He listened to employees and implemented changes, including a relaxed dress code and college recruiting system. These actions helped Domino’s rank as a top workplace.
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