Imagining Success

Who wouldn’t want to be featured on a magazine cover?

In this activity, each person has to create an imaginary magazine cover story about a successful project or new protocol that the City of Jackson has achieved. They have to get the right images, come up with headlines, formulate quotes, etc.

Objective: Visualize future success, motivate team members and encourage them to think big

How to play

  1. The goal of this game is simple: get players to create a magazine cover story about an achievement your Department or Division (choose either) has accomplished. The players don’t have to write the complete story; they only have to write the headlines and create images, quotes, and sidebars.
  2. Divide participants into teams of 2-4 players. Give them markers, pens, and anything else they’ll need to create a fictional magazine cover.
  3. Create several templates for different elements of the magazine story. This should include: a) magazine cover, b) cover story headline, c) quotes from leaders and team members, d) sidebars about project highlights and e) images.
  4. Distribute these templates to each team. Ask them to create a magazine story, filling in each template and focusing on the project or business.
  5. Choose the best magazine cover.



Seeing your project or business’ success featured in a magazine is the high point of any organization. This creative exercise helps your team members think big and visualize their future success. It can also be a powerful motivational tool.


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