Books, Essays and Poetry

Books

Coronavirus UK (2020)

The project combines an image taken daily during the Covid-19 crisis – either at home from the studio or during some personal activity locally – with a news headline from that same morning. There is discordancy and often paradox between the headline and the photograph.

The first daily photograph is from Monday, March 16th when the UK imposed social distancing rules. Lockdown happened a week later. There are 120 photographs, ending July 13th. Every morning major newspaper and TV headlines were scanned, to choose the most representative. The light and the weather tell part of the story, as rephotography reflecting the routine of home-lockdown.

The softcover book has a high-quality colour photograph per page for the 120 days. There is also a brief chronology leading to the lockdown, and a reference list of all news headlines. Softback, 10 x 8 inches / 138 pages.

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Unfinished Stories – From Genocide to Hope (2019)

Between 1975 and 1979 the Khmer Rouge killed 1.7 – 2.2 million people in their attempt to create an agrarian society cleansed of the urban intelligentsia. What happened to the individuals that survived has largely been left unspoken. The true-life stories of those awful times, from Keo Sarath and Beng Simeth, have never been published before. They both dedicated their lives to education, for a more hopeful future for children.

Mick’s haunting photography of the aftermath of Genocide is combined with intensely personal quotes from these stories. This book starts with a short history of Cambodia, for readers not familiar with what happened. The book ends with a summary of the school programs led by Sarath and Simeth. Foreword by Dr. Hang Chuon Naron, Minister of Education, Youth and Sport, Cambodia. Hardback with dust jacket, 10.8 x 8.07 inches / 106 pages.

The book is available here

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mobiles, music and merriment … fun on the streets (2014)

There is a lot of humour on the streets. It’s not all angst and loneliness. These street photos and candids were all specially taken for the book. The collection focuses on three closely related themes; mobiles phones and their ubiquitousness in modern life, music, and the everyday fun seen on the streets. The book was Mick’s successful submission for the LRPS (Licentiate) Distinction of the Royal Photographic Society

The book is available here

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Raw Manifesto (2009)

Poetry and original artwork from 1966 – 2009. The words of life and meaning, alongside paintings from other times.

The book is available here

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Essays

Whilst I was leading businesses in Asia Pacific in the 1990 / 2000s, I was often in India. Here are two essays from that period.

Udaipur

Vizag

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Leadership Biographies

In the early 2000s, as part of the original content of my leadership development website (now offline), I wrote essays on several historical leaders from widely different backgrounds. The aim was to illustrate their leadership styles, and to build initial research for the 4Es Leadership Framework (see below). They are reproduced here.

Eglantyne Jebb

Genghis Khan

Mohandas Gandhi

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Book Chapters

New Eyes, the Human Side of Change Leadership (2013)

Mick contributed a chapter in a book from the Change Leaders, a community of practice dedicated to see change practices applied based on data, on respect for the humans involved and on bringing sustainable results. The chapter showed how leaders can integrate the power of big data in driving customer centricity and innovation in their organisation.

The chapter is available here: Leadership & Big Data

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Linkage Inc’s Best Practices in Leadership Development Handbook (2009)

Linkage conducted a study of over 300 top organizations and their needs in organizational change and leadership development that identifies approaches to leadership development that have proven to be successful. The work offers practical “how-to” instructions developing leaders and engaging in leadership development. It provides current in-depth models, assessments, tools, and other instruments that can be used for immediate application within a variety of organizations. Mick contributed a chapter on ‘Developing Leaders in a Global Landscape’.

The chapter is available here: Global Leadership

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The 4E’s Leadership Framework – MSc Dissertation

© Mick Yates. The 4Es Leadership Framework. All rights reserved.

2003-2004 I completed an MSc at HEC, Paris, jointly taught at Oxford University. As a final dissertation, I wrote on the 4E’s Leadership Framework.

The paper presents a contingent and scaleable Framework for Leadership activities built around a set of organizing principles – Envision, Enable, Empower and Energize. This reflects literature review, best practices from the corporate world and practical experience in both business and non-profit Leadership positions. The Framework is designed to provide both a measurement method and a process for improvement. It is not a test of absolute Leadership ability, skill, behaviour or performance.

The 4E’s Framework includes both operational and organizational aspects of Leadership, and can be used either by individuals or teams, underlining its scaleability. Data from self assessments is evaluated, suggesting face, content, internal, and divergent validity of the Framework. The analysis also identifies differences in self-perception of Leadership activities across the world and at various experience levels. A global case study with one of the world’s leading NGO’s provides an example of practical utility of the 4E’s Framework, and forms the basis for future analysis of predictive validity.

The full paper is available here: The 4Es Leadership Framework

And here is a 3 page summary: The 4Es Leadership Framework