The Domino Effect

The word domino refers to the small oblong tiles with 0-6 pips on each side used in games of skill, strategy, and chance. They are typically played on a table or other flat surface and are arranged in line, edge to edge, so that they all touch with one another. When a domino is knocked over, it triggers a chain reaction that causes all of the other pieces to fall as well. The term is also figuratively used to describe the spread of something, such as an idea or event, from one person to another.

Dominoes can be set up in elaborate sequences to create mind-blowing domino art that has to be seen to be believed. For example, a builder may place hundreds or thousands of dominoes in a careful pattern that culminates with the entire line toppling with the nudge of just one. The builders who do this are called domino artists and are often paid to perform for audiences at festivals or on TV shows.

In the 1700’s, dominoes became very popular throughout Italy. They are most often used to play positional games, where each player in turn places a domino edge to edge against an existing domino so that the adjacent faces match either identically or form some specified total. Then, each domino is pushed over by the player next to it until all of them have fallen over.

This figurative domino effect can also be used to describe the spread of a virus or an infection, the movement of a political idea or movement, or even the way in which someone can influence others. For example, a leader who has the charisma and ability to inspire others can cause people to follow his lead and do the same thing. A teacher who can motivate a student to excel at his subject is like a domino that can lead the student to become a doctor, lawyer, or politician.

The domino effect can be a dangerous thing as well, especially when it is used to manipulate or control other people. It is important for writers to understand the domino effect in order to avoid using it in their own work. For example, if the hero in your story does something immoral that goes against societal norms, it is vital for you to provide logic and reason why this behavior makes sense. Otherwise, the scene will not be believable and the reader will lose faith in your character.

During the time when Domino’s was struggling, their CEO David Brandon knew that they had to change quickly or face bankruptcy. He put into action a number of new changes, including a relaxed dress code and a new leadership training program, and spoke directly to employees to hear what they wanted from the company. He then implemented these values into their business model, and Domino’s soon turned things around. Domino’s is now a highly profitable company.