# The Domino Effect

The domino effect is a term used to describe how one event can trigger a series of related events, often with devastating results. The word originated in the early 20th century when the American actor and comedian Danny Gans used the phrase to refer to the way a single setback can have a profound impact on someone’s life. Since then, the term has expanded to include a number of different situations and contexts.

Domino is a word that can also be applied to a game of domino and the resulting chains of tiles. Each domino is marked with a unique arrangement of dots or spots, called “pips.” When placed on the table, the open ends of the tiles are joined together in a line of play that is sometimes referred to as a string or a layout. The dominoes may be stacked on their sides or they may be joined at the base to form 3-D structures such as towers and pyramids.

When playing a domino game, players begin by drawing a number of tiles from the stock or deck until each player has 12 dominoes in their hand. The player who draws the heaviest tile will make the first play. The next player will then add a domino to the open end of the domino that was just played, according to the rules of the particular game being played. The last player to add a domino to the open end must match the number of pips in the new tile with the total of the corresponding numbers shown on the other dominoes in the line of play.

The final step is to continue adding dominoes until each player has a chain of matching numbers on the ends of their tiles. The last player to do so wins the game. In some games, the number of tiles in a player’s hand may limit how many times that player can play a particular domino before the other players win the game.

Aside from being a fun and challenging pastime, domino is also a useful tool for teaching children about the basics of math, strategy, and counting. When played properly, a domino chain can also be used to help students learn about the concept of probability.

In business, the term domino has become synonymous with a company’s leadership style and the values that they espouse. When a leader adopts a positive and effective approach to management, it can trickle down to the rest of the organization.

A company that is ruled by the principles of domino can often turn around poor performance or declining sales in a short period of time. When this occurs, the leader must be prepared to implement changes quickly and decisively.

When the CEO of a troubled company implements the right strategies, the company can enjoy long-term success. One of the keys to this success is listening to the customers and addressing their concerns. The late Domino’s CEO, David Brandon, and his successor, Doyle, made employee satisfaction a core value at the company and worked hard to listen to employees. This helped the company recover from a difficult financial crisis.