Jumping back on the horse

You got to check out the site of my friend, and partner in a mentoring session to take him to new experiences as a speaker at conferences. Tony Gutierrez is going to experience exponential growth and you will be wanting to hear him speak before long….keep your eyes open for him!


How Did The 80’s Affect You? (please comment!!!)

KeepCalm80sIn the 1980’s, the world was introduced to so many new things: CDs, MTV, Sony walkman, Pac-Man, VCRs, PCs, the Apple Mac, and by 1989, Tim Berners-Lee was getting started on a new invention he called the “World Wide Web”.

With that said, I NEED YOUR HELP!!!! 

I want your inputs on all the things that stand out when you think about your memories of life in the 80’s.  I need your memories to be things that people remember (e.g. Alf, Pac Man, cassettes, Back to the Future, Rubik’s cubes, hair-bands, Swatch watches, etc).

I will give you some help as you reminisce:

  • What was your favorite song from the 80’s?
  • What was your favorite musical group?
  • What are your favorite electronic ‘gadget’?
  • What games did you like?
  • What was your favorite movie?
  • What is your favorite quote (either from movie, song, or book) from the 80’s?
  • What 80’s song/movie/title/quote most accurately describes your day to day life at work?

I’m pulling this information together to support an article and presentation I am doing this year.  Please comment below and let me know what you remember the most!!

Thank you in advance for sharing your thoughts with me!!!

The Mike Lyles 2013 In Review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Happy New Year 2014 to my followers!!  What an Amazing Year 2013 was for me…. My ultimate goal in life has been to touch as many lives as possible with my writing, speaking, and work.  In July 2012,  I started a blog, that by the end of 2012 had nearly 2000 hits.  But I wanted more.  I end 2013 right on the edge of 10,000 hits.  I can’t wait for that moment to come, but it’s only the beginning for me.  Whether folks come here to read my leadership and management articles, they come to learn more about software testing, or they come for something else; my simple goal is to always have something interesting for everyone to crave when they come to this site!

Whether you come to www.MikeWLyles.com or you come to www.ManIKnowEverything.com (M.I.K.E.), I hope to see you more this year than ever!  Let’s share an awesome year in 2014!

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 7,800 times in 2013. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 7 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

Rudolph Was Not a Brown-Noser


Feeling like you are not doing enough to get noticed and appreciated for the things you do?  Thinking about what you need to do in order to get the attention of people who decide the future of your career or personal life?

Just remember, that to move to the top, you don’t have to be a brown-noser.  Rudoph wasn’t.  And look what it got him!

We all remember the story of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, right? (You’re singing the song in your head right now, I can hear it….)

Rudolph initially lived a tough life.  He was different than the others.  He had a red nose.  All the other reindeer had brown noses.  As the story goes, the other reindeer made fun of and laughed at Rudolph.  Does this happen to you?  If so, you can learn from the story – because Rudolph didn’t let this push him down.  He kept going, even with adversity.  He went about his day and focused on what he could do and what he was delivering.

The story goes on to tell us that the brown nosing reindeer excluded him from their reindeer games, making him an outcast, and treating him different from the others.  In so many circles, those who are patting themselves on the back and self bragging are getting the most attention initially.  But it’s not always strength and victory that wins in the end – but instead consistency, resiliency, and dedication.  Rudolph ignored the name calling and the “better than you” attitudes of the other reindeer.  He didn’t get lost in the race to be Santa’s favorite reindeer, fighting to move to the front of the line against the other average brown nosers.  He stayed consistent.  He did his job, and in the end, Santa picked him out of the crowd to be the leader among all of the others.

NotLikeTheRestMy challenge to you today is to stop worrying about the others.  Stop looking around and comparing yourself to the best that others can do.  Stop complaining that others are getting opportunities that you are missing out on.  Stop complaining that others are moving up in their careers and goals and you’re not moving.  Because if you do this, you will eventually get lost in the crowd and drowned in the abyss of averageness.  Focus on what you can do, focus on your goals, focus on what you do great, focus on making sure you are proactive, growing every day, moving closer to where you want to be…. and the day will come that you will be rewarded for this.

Let’s start a new phrase and make it viral.  “Red-Noser!”.  I would much rather be a red-noser than a brown-noser.  Wouldn’t you?  Let’s do our part to change the world, building a society where we focus on what we do great and how we can make things better, and end our focus on how well we can impress those who might be able to give us what we want.

Red-nosers Unite!

Happy Thanksgiving 2013

Happy Thanksgiving to all my blog followers!  Through the past few years, my connections on this site, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and other social media has grown so fast – consisting of family, friends, co-workers, new friends met in the testing world, leaders, speakers, and some folks who have decided to follow me (and make me feel like I’m someone important!)

In 2013, I am so thankful for:

  • My family for supporting me all of my life & encouraging me, most importantly for understanding all the times I put into my career and my speaking/writing
  • My long time friends – especially ones that have been there many years!  I wouldn’t take anything for the times I had growing up.  I met so many great friends – most of you are here on Facebook now!
  • My church friends – thanks for welcoming our family in with open arms and for giving me so many opportunities to be part of it
  • My new friends – who have became very close friends – my network of friends is growing so fast that it’s hard to believe sometimes.
  • My co-workers – who make work fun instead of just a “job”.  We’ve had ups and downs over the years, but after a long time, it feels good to love the work we are doing – and we’re just getting started on great things!
  • My testing friends – I have learned so much from so many – and I hope that in the past few years I have been able to return the favor
  • The publications and magazine folks – who gave me a change to write, even when I was not even known in testing and the literary world
  • The conference folks – who gave me a chance to speak for them, especially to STP for giving me the opportunity to teach an all day course and most importantly on the opportunities that are coming in 2014!

I love the many quotes of Zig Ziglar, especially the ones around being grateful.  He had a quote that said “Among the things you can give and still keep are:  Your Word, Your Smile, and A Grateful Heart“.

I pray that everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving – be grateful for what you have today and throughout.  I’m thankful for each of you in my life and I look forward to what 2014 brings us!

My First Year Blogging – The WordPress 2012 Review of Mike’s Blog!

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 1,900 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 3 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.