Transforming Business through Leadership

The HAP Group


about Hilary potts

Hi, I'm Hilary Potts. As a change strategist and executive coach, I specialize in helping leaders execute business strategies and organizational change, and executive transitions. My work is built on a strong foundation of practical business experience, extensive consulting expertise, and deep transformational practices.

With over three decades of experience in leading and advising organizations, I know firsthand the importance of creating and implementing strategies to grow healthy companies. I serve as an advisor and coach to some of the world’s most prominent companies. I've worked with thousands of leaders implementing powerful principles and practices for achieving smarter, smoother transitions that drive business results.

I encourage leaders to go beyond the obvious to achieve positive outcomes. I act as an advisor providing companies insights on how to prepare and execute strategic initiatives. I coache executives to develop strategies and plans to fast-track into new roles, and I guide leaders in navigating the cultural aspects of pre- and post-merger integrations.

Drawing on my expertise, I've authored several leadership books including The Executive Transition Playbook: Strategies for Starting Strong, Staying Focused, and Succeeding in Your New Leadership Role. The book offers senior leaders powerful principles and practices to achieve a smarter, smoother transition during a leader’s first 90-days and beyond.

My second book; The Truth About Change: A Leader’s Guide to Successfully Executing Change Initiatives reveals the pitfalls leaders encounter and lays out a clear path to leading change throughout the organization.

My forthcoming book; Change-Up: How Executives Lead Change and Deliver Results continues the discussion on leading change by providing a case study which lays what happens when leaders do not pay attention to the people aspects of leading change. The book provides practical strategies and approaches for leaders to motivate and engage people to "want" to execute business transformations and changes that accelerate and sustain results.

I know firsthand the importance of creating and implementing strategies to develop leaders and grow healthy companies. I  started my career as a chemical engineer in a Fortune 500 chemical company in a variety of sales and business management roles. I then transitioned to a boutique consulting firm that specialized in using applied behavioral science to help leader improve performance and deliver results. I served in a variety of roles including CEO and President  before leaving to found The HAP Group.

My passion is seeing leaders succeed at leading change. Whether I am working with an executive in a one-on-one setting or engaging with a team, I focus on bringing out the best in people. Leaders develop a clear direction for their teams and individuals work together to make better decisions and execute plans more efficiently. Many of my clients and I have worked together for years and I love hearing about how these simple leadership practices have made a different in people's lives,

If you think I can help you or your organization, I am available for speaking engagements, coaching, consulting, and workshops. Contact me at and we can schedule a meeting.

What Clients Say...

"I am the leader I am today because of Hilary's support and guidance." 

"Hilary helps us think differently in our approach to implementing strategic initiatives. She helps us take the complex and make it seem simple."

"I am better equipped to lead through challenging times."

"We were able to achieve our results with minimal disruption. The leaders were aligned around a common framework, we communicated with one consistent voice and people were engaged in the solution.”

"I feel much more prepared now than I have ever felt in all my time in this role. Thanks!"

"I feel like I am more intellectually organized, like the information in my brain is neatly organized and filed and I am ready to go."

"To say it’s been lovely and rewarding to have spent the last few months working with you, Hilary would be an understatement. You truly helped bring me back to life and put things in perspective in a way I wasn’t able to do on my own. I’m grateful beyond words!"