A mediocre strategy executed well trumps a brilliant strategy executed poorly.

The right team armed with the right skills and a clear, shared vision of the future is one prepared to deliver that excellent execution. That requires targeted, effective communication and a strong feeling of trust and confidence within the team.

Great products and great business strategies, while absolutely necessary, don't guarantee success. Effective execution comes from intentionally melding strategy with team behaviors. 
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Amelia Thornton

Consultant Amelia Thornton
President, The Thornton Group
San Francisco, CA
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About Amelia

  • 30 years experience as an executive in organizations including Federal Express, Oracle, Ernst & Young and Hyperion.
  • For the past 14 years, has consulted with top leadership of companies, with focus on helping executive teams become more cohesive and aligned with the organization's strategic business goals.
  • Clients have included Intel, Oracle, Kaiser Permanente, Gilead Sciences, Levi Strauss, National Aquarium, KQED, Bayer, Eventbrite, Korn/Ferry International.
  • Profiled in the book "The Transparency Edge: How Credibility Can Make or Break You in Business."

Experience

President • The Thornton Group
Aug, 2002 — Present
  • Specializes in aligning executive team behavior with company strategy.
  • Facilitates and coaches executive teams for both for-profit and nonprofit organizations.
  • Clients have included Kaiser Permanente, Applied Biosystems, Gilead Sciences, John Muir Health System, Perlegen Scientific, Adobe Systems, Eventbrite, Oracle, Penguin Computing, Bay Area Business Council, Group Delphi, Korn/Ferry International, Levi Strauss, KQED Public Radio, National Aquarium.
  • Consulting partner with The Table Group, headed by best-selling author Patrick Lencioni ("The Five Dysfunctions of a Team").
Chief Administrative Officer • Hyperion Solutions
Aug, 2000 — Aug, 2002
  • Led a two-year turnaround of Hyperion, an Enterprise Performance Management software company later acquired by Oracle.
Managing Vice President • Right Management Consulting
Nov, 1999 — Aug, 2000
  • Right Management is a global company within the ManpowerGroup that provides talent and career management workforce solutions. 
  • Clients are large- and mid-sized businesses from a wide range of industries — and include more than 80 percent of the Fortune 500 and more than 70 percent of the Fortune Global 500.
  • Has 3,500-plus employees working at more than 300 service locations in over 50 countries.
Senior Practice Director • Oracle Corporation
Nov, 1998 — Nov, 1999
  • Oracle is a multinational computer technology corporation headquartered in Redwood City, CA.
Chief Executive Officer (CEO) • MG Taylor
Feb, 1997 — Jun, 1998
  • MG Taylor is a research, design and development company focused on augmentation of human creativity, productivity and systemic approaches to solving problems.
Partner • Ernst & Young, LLP
Jan, 1994 — Feb, 1997
  • Ernst & Young is the third-largest professional services firm in the world and is one of the "Big Four" audit firms.
Managing Director of Ground Operations • Federal Express
Jan, 1980 — Feb, 1994
  • Responsible for all facets of pickup and delivery operations in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and western Wisconsin.

Education

University of Wisconsin-Madison
B.S., Music, 1980

Boards

  • Member, Board of Directors, Youth on Course
  • Member, Board of Directors, Group Delphi; Chair of the Compensation Committee  
  • Previous Boards include: MentorNet, MG Taylor Corporation, Arcala Solutions, and the Danville d’Elegance Foundation.

Committees

  • Member of the International Coaching Federation (ICF)
  • Women in Technology International (WITI)
  • Forum for Entrepreneurs & Executives

Keynote Speeches

  • 50 speeches and workshops in North America and Europe, including keynote speeches on topics such as "Building Trust in Your Organization," "Moving Strategy Into Action," and "Employee Engagement."

Publications

  • Featured on Forbes.com and quoted in Business Week and USA Today in articles about corporate ethics and employee hiring.
  • Profiled in the book, "The Transparency Edge: How Credibility Can Make or Break You in Business," by Barbara & Elizabeth Pagano; McGraw-Hill, 2005.
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