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The Domino Effect

As organisations grow larger and more complex, it’s important to remember that everyone’s contribution matters, and that sometimes one bad move can cause the whole to fail.

In as little as an hour a team can build a huge colourful display of dominoes. The sense of achievement as each person’s contribution triggers the next is phenomenal.

Key points

  • Powerfully illustrates the power of everyone working to a shared objective
  • Requires respect, consideration and patience within the team
  • A great energiser or finale to a conference
  • Appeals to all ages and fitness levels
  • Suits groups from 6 to 160

Activities

The Domino Effect starts with participants working alone, then in small teams before finally coming together to create a giant (possibly record breaking) display.

  • Designing intricate domino stunts
  • Seamlessly connecting with others
  • Focus on the individuals work whilst maintaining perspective on the whole
  • Working with precision and excellence

Sample Format

This event can be run at any time of day, indoors on a hard floor. If time is short a condensed version of the exercise can take less than 60 minutes, the example below shows the 3 hour option:

14.00 – Introduction and Video

14.10 – Warm Up Exercise
A warm up exercise gets participants used to handling dominoes whilst also exploring different peoples’ attitude to risk and the benefits of working in a team.

14.40 – Technique Development
While a video demonstrating 50 different domino stunts plays on a loop participants are encouraged to develop and perfect their own domino toppling tricks and techniques.

15.10 – Team Display
Teams now combine their talents to design a team display.

15.30 – Construction
Teams construct their displays in the designated area, taking care to connect with their neighbouring teams, thereby creating one giant domino toppling display.

16.15 – Break
Teams take a break while the final touches are put to the display.

16.30 – Testing!
The giant domino display is put to the test as the first falling domino stone sets off a chain reaction leading to thousands of coloured toppling dominos.

16.45 – Review
Teams review their element of the display, identifying how each individual contributed to the successful or otherwise finale.

17.00 – Close