Domino’s Pizza is a franchised company that has locations all over the United States. The company’s main product is pizza, but the company also offers appetizers and pastas. Domino’s is known for its emphasis on quality and customer service. It also focuses on community involvement and is an advocate for environmental sustainability. In addition, the company has a strong leadership program.
In the mid-18th century, dominoes appeared in Italy and France. They were introduced into England toward the end of that same period. A domino is a small rectangular block of rigid material, usually wood or plastic. The domino is marked on one side with a pattern of spots, or pips, that look like those used on dice. The other side of the domino is blank or identically patterned with a line that visually divides it into two squares, called ends. The value of a domino, indicated by the arrangement of pips on its two adjacent sides, may be as low as zero or as high as six.
A game of domino involves placing a domino on the edge of a playing table, either in a row or a column. Each player then plays a domino by positioning it on the edge of the row or column so that it touches one of the ends of a previously placed domino. The domino chain thus formed gradually increases in length as more tiles are played on both edges. If a player places a domino so that both ends of the chain show the same number (normally a number useful to the player or distasteful to the opponents), that player is said to have “stitched up” the ends.
In addition to the classic blocking and scoring games, Domino can be used to play a variety of other games, many derived from other card-based games and adapted to the unique properties of this type of domino. These include a set of solitaire games that are sometimes used to circumvent religious proscriptions against the use of cards, and a group of trick-taking games.
The term Domino was also applied to a hooded cape worn together with a mask at carnival season or a masquerade. The word is derived from the Latin domina, meaning “power” or “strength.” The term was later extended to refer to a long, hooded cape in black or white, similar to the one worn by a priest over his surplice.
In the political arena, President Eisenhower cited the domino effect when explaining his decision to offer aid to South Vietnam. The idiom is now generally used to describe any situation in which one small trigger sets off a series of events that continues until it is stopped. Domino’s strategy of think global and act local is based on the principle that a single small change can have a significant impact. This is the philosophy that guided the company to its current success. Domino’s has also adopted a leadership style that is less bureaucratic than traditional management theory, and it emphasizes the development of individual leaders who can lead by example.