November is an extremely busy month for me, for a variety of reasons. Here are just two:
Knowvember is an annual celebration at work with employee recognition through the KM Pacesetter Awards, the annual KM Success Story contest, and coordinating workshops with KM Champions in offices on six continents. This week I wrapped up four “train-the-trainer” sessions and over the next four weeks will be presenting this year’s message at a number of offices (including Mumbai). This program is in it’s 11th year, and it while you might think it would get easier, the reality is that you are constantly raising the bar and expecting something more… something innovative… something new. This year, that’s involved a lot of work on recorded screencasts. It’s the closest thing to being in two (or twenty) places at once.
Movember, on the other hand, is a lighthearted way to raise awareness for some serious men’s health issues. This annual awareness campaign involves men shaving their faces completely clean — no beard or mustache — and then proceeding to grow and groom a mustache — and only a mustache — over the remainder of the month.
For those men who normally wear their face clean-shaven, Movember is a bit of a lark. For me, it means shaving off the mustache and goatee that my wife has never seen me without. Needless to say, it’s a different look.
All this silliness serves a more serious purpose, and you can join in. Show your support for men’s health by spreading the word. And consider making a contribution. The funds go to several groups that raise awareness and provide research on testicular and prostate cancers.
Men, be sure you’ve scheduled an annual physical. Ladies, show your love and nudge them to get checked.