The Six Things My Mother Taught Me About Business.

As we celebrate Mother's Day, I think about the little lessons my mother taught us as children and how they made me the woman I am today. The mission of ImageWorks is predicated on these life lessons. Here are six that are important to me:

Never tell a joke at the expense of others.

My mom always taught us to treat people respectfully. Her belief was that we should treat others as we would want them to treat us. The "golden rule" was the foundation of our household. Even among each other. I am the youngest of five and while my older siblings may have thought I "had it easier", when you were June's child, the foundation was the foundation.

Always keep your word.

Saying what you mean and meaning what you say was key in the Harris household. No matter what, my mom spoke her mind and you could count on her doing what she said she would do. Keeping your word is the mark of strong credibility.

What you see is what you get.

My mother was who she was no matter where she was. My mom said what she meant and loved people. She was my first example of what it meant to be authentic. She embraced people. You could always count on her to be real, respectful and provide a shoulder to friends and family.

Always give the money in the hand.

Never, ever put the money on the counter! When we'd go shopping, her rule was to never just lay the money on the counter, but instead to give the money to the salesperson or cashier. It's a show of respect and appreciation for the person and the job they are doing.

Be the best at whatever you do!

There were five of us. My parents did not live their lives through their children and, as such, we are five very different people. The one rule was that whatever you do, be the best. If you are a street sweeper, be the best sweeper you can be.

Support your team!

I have three brothers and they all played baseball. At one point, the two older ones played on opposing teams. The third one came along and, yep, he played baseball too. Now I am certain that my mother was totally tired of going to baseball games, but NO MATTER WHAT, she was there cheering her sons on. We were her team and we could always count on her being there, in the crowd cheering the loudest.

My company is founded on developing the skills needed to be the best "you" you can be. How we treat others in business goes much farther than the skills needed to do the job. Even today, 33 years after my mother has gone to Heaven, she lives on in the mission of ImageWorks and the passion with which we serve. Thank you Mom! I know you would be proud.

Happy Mother's Day!