Thinking Two Moves Ahead

Domino is a small rectangular block that has either a blank surface or a pattern of spots resembling those on dice. A domino can be used to play many different games, and it can also serve as a decoration or a building material.

The most common type of domino is one that features a number of dots on both ends, called pips. Each pips represents a specific value, such as one or two (if there are both), six, eight, or twelve. Some sets also have a suit of blanks or 0s. Depending on the game, the pips may be colored or engraved in a particular way to make them easier to identify and read.

In most domino games, each player in turn places a tile edge to edge against another in such a way that the adjacent pips match or form some specified total. The player that reaches this total first wins the game. In some games, a double-blank can either count as 1 or 0, and in others, a 6-6 counts as both (for example, the sum of both numbers is 13).

The domino has long been associated with cause and effect, and it’s often used to illustrate the notion of momentum. It can be a powerful metaphor for a business, particularly when it comes to leadership. A domino leader understands that every action has a reaction, and they’re always thinking two moves ahead.

For domino artist Hevesh, a physical phenomenon is crucial to her incredible designs: gravity. When she knocks over a large-scale arrangement of dominoes, it takes several nail-biting minutes for the entire structure to fall in place, but once it does, all that potential energy is converted into kinetic energy—and then the next domino falls, and the next, and so on.

As a writer, it’s important to consider the effects of every scene on your story, just like you would in a domino setup. If you’re a pantser—that is, you don’t outline your plot ahead of time—you’ll likely end up with scenes that don’t add up and don’t have enough impact on what came before them.

Domino’s founder Tom Monaghan understood this concept, which is why the company adopted a strategy of “think global and act local.” When deciding how to open a new location in Michigan, Monaghan didn’t just listen to his staff; he traveled to Ypsilanti and spoke with employees directly. This helped him understand what the company’s customers needed and wanted, and he was able to adapt accordingly. This strategy paid off, as Domino’s soon opened locations all over the world. The company has since been named the fastest growing restaurant chain in the United States. And with good reason: Domino’s continues to deliver quality food and great experiences. The company’s growth has been fueled by a focus on innovation and an emphasis on customer service. Learn more about Domino’s by visiting their website. You can also check out this video about their company culture.