Domino is a game of strategy and skill. The first player to play a domino, normally the heaviest, sets the stage for the rest of the game. Each subsequent player must match that domino to the one previously played, either by matching pips or by following the sequence of colors in the tile. A domino chain can be very large, and the dominos must be positioned so that each one is touching two adjacent dominoes. The shape of the chain develops into a snake-line depending on the players’ preference and the limitations of the playing surface.
Hevesh, a professional domino artist, creates mind-blowing designs using a small toy that many people have in their homes. These dominoes are typically arranged in the shape of letters or numbers, and can be used to create a story or a picture. When she creates these masterpieces, Hevesh starts with a theme or purpose in mind. She then brainstorms images or words that might fit that theme. She then chooses a layout that will help her tell that story or picture. Finally, she puts the tiles together to make her design.
The process of creating a domino chain demonstrates an important principle: One good domino can lead to many other good ones. Often, if you have a lot of good ideas, you need to find the one that has the most impact and will push other interests forward. The idea behind this is that if you can focus your energy on the “main” domino, you will get so much momentum that it will lead to other successes.
When Hevesh finishes her creation, the resulting domino chain is very complex and detailed. She uses a variety of techniques to build these designs, but she always begins with a basic template. For example, the first domino is placed so that it sits on top of a double. This will allow the next domino to be placed either to the right or left of the double, as shown in the diagram below.
Whenever a player cannot play a domino, the player passes their turn. This can be done with a number of rules, but generally, the winner is the player who has the fewest pips remaining after everyone has finished playing their dominoes. Some versions also require players to chip out if they have no more dominoes that they can play.
When the previous CEO of Domino’s, David Brandon, saw that his company was losing employees and customers, he understood that something needed to be done quickly. Brandon refocused the company on its core values, including “Champion Our Customers,” and Doyle carried that value forward when he became the new CEO. The company started listening to their customers, which helped them turn around their slump. Then they began implementing more changes, including a relaxed dress code and new leadership training programs for employees. In just a few years, Domino’s was back on track.