Vaco Reads – Raleigh Edition

Cody Hill, Marketing Coordinator & Sales Support, Vaco Raleigh

Cody is a passionate and determined member of the Vaco Raleigh team. With his friendly spirit, he loves reaching out to new people and greeting them with a smile. Running the social media at Vaco has allowed him to expand his creativity as well as maintaining his support for his team. Outside of the office, Cody enjoys being involved in theatre as well as hanging out in coffee shops.

Literature works to inspire and help expand our knowledge of the world which can be applied in both our professional and personal lives. We can take the insights and apply them to relationships with our coworkers, candidates, clients, and consultants. Cody Hill, Marketing Coordinator and Sales Support for Vaco Raleigh, shares a few books to help create a new outlook in the workplace:

  1. Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead by Brené Brown

“Vulnerability is the birthplace of love, belonging, joy, courage, empathy, and creativity. It is the source of hope, empathy, accountability, and authenticity. If we want greater clarity in our purpose or deeper and more meaningful spiritual lives, vulnerability is the path.”

Brené Brown writes about the importance of vulnerability and how it helps individuals become better leaders. Authenticity is crucial to cultivating and maintaining healthy relationships, especially in the workplace. When people allow themselves to be more vulnerable in their professional lives, they can open their self to great possibilities.

  1. Brave, Not Perfect: Fear Less, Fail More, and Live Bolder by Reshma Saujani

“We’re addicted to perfection, and that’s making us unhappy.”

Founder of Girls Who Code, Reshma Saujani, brings her message of female empowerment and embracing imperfection in this book. People often feel crushed under the weight of their own expectations and the standards that society deems standard for all. Reshma encourages the reader to make mistakes and to choose bravery over perfection. Though this book is meant for a female audience, there is a lot of useful information to consider — regardless of gender.

  1. You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life by Jen Sincero

“You are responsible for what you say and do. You are not responsible for whether or not people freak out about it.”

In this New York Times Best Seller, Jen Sincero helps readers identify and change the self-sabotaging habits that prevent individuals from getting what they want. She helps readers identify the fears that prevent them from taking risks, from loving oneself and others, and from creating and gaining the most success out of their career.

  1. The Bullet Journal Method: Track the Past, Order the Present, Design the Future by Ryder Carroll

“Inevitably we find ourselves tackling too many things at the same time, spreading our focus so thin that nothing gets the attention it deserves. This is commonly referred to as “being busy.” Being busy, however, is not the same thing as being productive.”

Bullet Journals have become a popular way to get organized and express creativity. Ryder Carroll’s book goes beyond the aesthetics and helps one become more productive. Carroll calls this “intentional living” by sorting out distractions and focusing time and energy on things one should be focusing on.

  1. The Power of Moments: Why Certain Experiences Have Extraordinary Impact by Chip Heath & Dan Heath

“In life, we can work so hard to get the kinks out that we forget to put the peaks in.”

The Power of Moments is a current favorite of many Vaco leaders and is even Vaco’s campaign theme for 2019! It focuses on how moments in life influence people and then how to create more extraordinary moments, both professionally and personally, for others. It conditions the reader how to spot an opportunity to create a moment out of an everyday or habitual task, as well as appreciating all the moments in their life.


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