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What is Domino?

Domino is a type of game that involves placing a series of tiles, each with one to six pips (or dots), edge to edge on a table. Each player takes a turn laying down a domino, positioning it so that its end matches an open end of another tile in the chain. As the chains continue to grow, players score points based on the number of matching ends. Games that use dominoes to duplicate card games are popular with children and adults, and many variations on the game exist, including block and scoring games.

A domino is a flat, thumbsized rectangular block with a printed or painted surface that has from one to six pips (or dots). 28 such pieces form a complete set. A domino set can also include a base, which is used to support the tiles and may have printed or painted markings.

Western dominoes are typically used to play positional games, in which a domino is placed on the edge of another and then played so that its numbers are either all equal or add up to some specified total. A player can then place additional tiles, called a chain, to score additional points.

The most common domino sets are double six and double nine, though larger sets can be bought for those who want to play longer domino chains. Many children enjoy using dominoes as toys, stacking them on their ends in long lines. When the first domino in a line is tipped over, it causes the next domino to tip and so on until the entire line topples over. Some people can create extremely complex designs with these dominoes, and even compete to see who can build the longest domino chain before it falls.

In business, the concept of a domino effect refers to a small change in one area triggering a shift in related behaviors. For example, if someone starts making their bed each day, they might then begin to clean the rest of their home in order to maintain their new behavior.

While these types of behavioral changes can have positive results, they can also be dangerous. In a recent case in the United States, a Domino’s pizza delivery driver crashed into a pedestrian, killing her. The driver had been texting while driving and failed to look at the road ahead of him. The crash triggered a series of legal and social events that are still being played out.

Hundreds of thousands of dominoes can be lined up in carefully spaced rows and, with a single nudge, they can all fall over. This phenomenon is known as the Domino Effect, and it is what many companies fear when they try to implement a company-wide policy. This is why it is so important to have a strong culture of employee safety, training, and communication. It is what will keep the domino effect from causing serious harm to your organization.