About Us

History

Established in 2000 in the United States by Joanne Steiner, Apriori engaged leaders and teams striving to tap their full potential. Joanne worked closely with leaders to design bespoke learning and group process interventions that drove greater alignment, engagement, and results.

With increasing demand in the areas of organization development, change management, and agile approaches to governance and decision-making, Joanne expanded Apriori’s offerings, leveraging her early adoption of the generative process of appreciative inquiry and emerging practices of sociocracy and neuroleadership.

Building a solid reputation and high client satisfaction in North America, Apriori expanded its reach to Europe in 2010, relocating its headquarters to Bern, Switzerland, and adding associates who have since supported clients on four continents.

What Our clients say

  • "Our impact as an executive team is night and day thanks to our work with Apriori. We are clearer, more aligned, and it shows in our outcomes."
  • "They are technically very good. They have a great line of enquiry and questioning. They help me explore my own path and empower me to come up with my own solutions. Working with them has been a very rewarding experience."
  • "When you get coaching from Apriori, you have a team. Their tandem coaching approach is totally unique. I was able to tap Philip’s CEO and Board experience and Joanne’s communication skills as I assumed my first CEO role. I really hit the ground running, thanks to them."
  • "They bring a unique mix of the qualitative and quantitative. They apply an evidence-based approach and this really takes away any judgement that could creep in. They create an environment in which people can acknowledge their emotions. They can build a bridge as people move from one state of mind to another. This allows critical discussions."
  • "For them and for clients, it never feels like this is just another contract."
  • "They have a great skill in asking questions. They listen very deeply and are able to distil our conversations in ways that we could not on our own."
  • "Their focus is pragmatic, practical, doable, tangible. They easily toggle between strategy and pragmatism. This is important because we are on the hook for outcomes."
  • "Our executive team has been working with Joanne and Philip for the past year. They designed and moderated our year-end review and planning meeting. We left fully aligned around our priorities for the year ahead and have already cascaded them to the organization. That clarity – what an accelerator!"
  • "They do a really good job of corralling and gently guiding people. They move us along when we get stuck."
  • "They make everyone feel seen, heard, and part of the process. They judge the problem, but not the person."
  • "Joanne and Philip are able to be in the room, but it doesn’t feel like they are orchestrating. The team always feels like we are getting there by ourselves."
  • "They have been able to find the path that aligns with me as a person. There are so many possible solutions; no wrong or right. They have enabled me to demand things from the system, such as empowerment, diversity and inclusion."
  • "I feel like I learn something new each time we work with Apriori. They make us smarter and maybe even a little kinder."
  • "When we went through a big transformation, all the structures changed, but no one really knew how to operate within them. Apriori introduced very practical, tangible ways of working that helped us make sense of it all and get back to business."