Leadership and Dominos


A domino is a small rectangular tile, often slightly larger than a poker chip. It has a line down the center to visually divide it into two squares, one of which has an arrangement of dots (called pips) like those on a die, while the other is blank or identically patterned. The most common set contains 28 dominoes, but there are also progressively larger sets: double-nine (55 tiles), double-12 (91 tiles) and double-18 (253 tiles). Dominos can be played in many different ways. Some are block games, where players start with a limited number of dominoes and must place them on-edge before anyone else can. Others are draw games, where each player takes turns placing a single domino.

Dominos can be arranged in straight lines, curved lines that form pictures when they fall, stacked walls or 3D structures such as towers and pyramids. They can also be used to build patterns, or to create a domino landscape. Some designers use dominoes to create art. Creating a domino landscape can be as simple or elaborate as the designer wishes, and there are a number of websites where the user can design and print a track for dominoes to follow.

When writing a story, whether it’s a novel or short story, the key is to have a clear sense of how each scene will affect the next. This is known as a chain of cause and effect, and it’s important to understand how each scene will influence the next one. This is particularly true for writers who write by the seat of their pants, or without a detailed outline. If you don’t plan your scenes carefully, you may end up with a chain of events that doesn’t have enough momentum to sustain the story.

Similarly, a leader must know the impact of their actions on those around them. A leader who knows the domino effect of each action can make more informed decisions and avoid mistakes that could damage their team or organization. A leader who understands the effects of their actions can also take the time to listen to employees’ concerns and work with them to find solutions that benefit everyone.

As the leader of Domino’s, Brandon Doyle has built a company that prioritizes employee feedback and works with them to find solutions that will improve the organization. Whether it’s relaxing the dress code or offering new leadership training programs, the company has shown that they are willing to put their core values into action. By listening to their employees and acting quickly, Domino’s has seen their business results improve dramatically. It’s an approach that all leaders can learn from.