The Discovery Prism is a practical framework to help you ask the big questions of your organisation. What is its purpose, place in the world and legacy for future generations?


The Discovery Prism© promotes an emergent discovery process that centres around the key questions: who are we here to serve and why? It invites you to take a wide-angled view of your organisation as one that serves all stakeholders, including future generations.

It invites organisations into deeper and more expansive awareness giving a new approach for discovery, understanding, strategy and action.

As a framework for change, The Discovery Prism© will help you to uncover what matters and realise the potential of your people, individually and collectively. The potential to create productive, fulfilling workplaces that truly make a difference.


The three circular lenses of the Discovery Prism form three overlap lenses. Together they create the Prism at the centre, which represents the collective, collaborative energy and focus that powers positive transformation in organisations.


Four principles are fundamental to making the Discovery Prism process work for you and your colleagues. The same four principles that underpin thriving 21st century organisations.

Being before doing

This is about who we are and how we relate to others. Being aware of our presence and bringing our true selves to work are vital first steps to positively influencing our environment and those around us.


21st century leadership is about tapping into the capacity of the many, of the diverse, to solve ever more complex problems. In a global environment where everything is inter-connected, creative approaches to collaboration mean partnering across, not just within, organisations.


Constructive diagloue demands of us curiosity and the ability listen deeply, without agenda. It’s not about mediocrity and compromise, but about seeking to understand before being understood and owning the outcomes of discussion.

Connecting the dots

When people truly come together to co-create an integrated organisation, this results in a collective energy that drives shared purpose and action.

About the book

Leadership Through Covid-19 and Beyond presents the Discovery Prism© framework as a guide to reconnecting the positive, human energy in organisations toward shared purpose – and extraordinary possibility.

Benefits of working with the Discovery Prism© framework:

  • It provides the catalyst for important conversations which engage your people
  • It builds trust through common exploration of core themes
  • It strengthens connection between the organisation and its stakeholders
  • It helps you to develop and promote 21st century leaders
  • It is a means of seeing clearly for positive, purpose-driven change
  • It helps you connect the dots to give meaning, inspire engagement and create accountability
  • It is tool for 21st century leaders that shines a light on the tomorrow you desire, to help you build it today

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From the authors

Authors Anne Stenbom and Helen Battersby are Co-founders of Global Business Leaders.

Leadership Through Covid-19 and Beyond is the new edition of our book, first published in 2019 under the title The Discovery Prism. A fresh lens on 21st century organisations. Both books synthesise our combined experience and understanding of 21st century leadership and culture, especially relevant to the times we find ourselves in. We hope that through co-creation in organisations, the benefits of the Discovery Prism framework will be shared widely, now and for future generations.



Anne and Helen have delivered what I believe to be a best-in-class leadership tool for 21st century leaders.

Tom Pirrone
Senior VP – World View Enterprises Inc. US

A pragmatic, transformational leadership book.

Dr Donal Collins GP
Clinical lead for NHS vanguard team (UK)

A refreshing look at the power of individuals in exploring ways to get the very best outcomes, collectively and individually. This can only give positive results.

Steve Hails
Director, Thames Tideway Tunnel, UK

The Discovery Prism should be required reading for any leader who wants to develop their organisation holistically.

Ulf Boman
Partner, Kairos Future, Sweden

The framework really helps you evaluate what is important to your people and reminds us all about being accountable to yourself for the results you want to see.

Kirstie Loveridge
Senior VP, Human Resources, AEG Europe

It invites leaders to think of themselves as connectors and curators, rather than being the source of all the answers.

Dr Rob Sheffield
Visiting Fellow, University of West of England, and Director, Bluegreen Learning

Now more than ever leaders need to reflect on their leadership impact and how they align their team to the benefit of diverse stakeholders. The Discovery Prism is a great leadership toolkit to help leaders navigate to tomorrow.

Nicky Pattimore
Chief People & Customer Officer, Global Business Services, City & Guilds Group