Monday, February 28, 2011

Thrilled, Excited, So Fantastic.

On as's FIRST Washington realtor!
See all info. below! Not to toot my own horn but...
Check out the full profile here!


Seattle State of Mind
It's fitting that a woman as spirited and upbeat as Connie would find such joy living in an area like Seattle with its lively nightlife and stunning scenic backdrop. Whether she's skiing the local slopes, mingling with friends at a local coffee shop or spending time at the park with her son, Alec, Connie sees every moment of every day as an opportunity to make the most of life.

Connie, a third generation Seattle native, attended the University of Puget Sound where she earned her degree in business. Inspired by her parents who instilled in her a strong work ethic, she went on to work in the family business where she applied her business savvy and customer relations skills. "Dad used to tell me that this is a personal business and that the customers keep coming back because of my service. In my opinion, that philosophy rings true for any business, no matter what type of industry," she says. When she's not working with clients or spending time with her son, Connie donates a great deal of her energy to various community organizations.
The Extra Oomph
With such an energetic approach to business that's as refreshing as the first sip of coffee in the morning, it's no great surprise that Connie is such a success in her career. For her, the only thing better than living in such a unique area is sharing her passion for her hometown with others who are looking to buy or sell a home. Whether she's helping a single professional sell their upscale condo or assisting a family in buying their very first home, Connie simply canĂ¢??t wait to roll up her sleeves and get started.
An Insider's Perspective
For an investment as important as this, you need a professional who can give you an insider's perspective. Having lived here her entire life, Connie is tuned in to the local real estate market. She uses her knowledge to help buyers find that perfect home or condo. Her insight into business and creative marketing strategies help residents sell their home for top dollar in the least amount of time possible. 

Fantastic Event Addition - March 2

I saw a blurb about this on Twitter this morning
from @WinesofWa.  Sourced from
See "local calendar events" tab above for info.

Here is the event description!

"We have a special opportunity to taste through one of the best portfolios with the most interesting history.  Join us next Wednesday as we taste the 100% Estate Wines from Walla Walla's Spring Valley Vineyards.  The grapes that first went into Leonetti, Cayuse, and Walla Walla Vintners,
are now solely used to produce these terroir-driven beauties.

The Corkrum Family homesteaded their land as wheat farmers in the late 1800's. Five generations later they are still at it.  Fortunately, they have added top notch winemaking to their repertoire with Winemaker Serge Laville now enjoying his 10th year at the helm.  We'll taste:

Uriah 2007
Frederick 2007
Muleskinner Merlot 2007
Nina Lee Syrah 2006

Fine Wine & Cigars has been serving the Eastside for thirteen years bringing an amazing selection of wine at an amazing value to our customers.  Join our wine club for the best deal in wine purchasing.  Check out our website for updates and to subscribe to our newsletter." 

More info. on this event can be found here, other events can be found by visiting!


Friday, February 25, 2011

Statistics anyone?

I recently found this 40 page statistical report from the MLS for those of you who LOVE statistics!  2010 numbers for all counties, year of year data, etc.  Have fun!

New Kirkland pharmacy brings Remedies for a variety of needs

New Kirkland pharmacy brings Remedies for a variety of needs

Seattle Oscar Parties

Your hit list for Seattle's hippest Oscar parties, compiled entirely by

Follow the link below, or see following copy.

Oscar Parties in Seattle -- Culture Fiend

Oscar Parties in Seattle

And how to throw your own last-minute bash—minus the red carpet.
Big Oscar Bash
Feb 27, 5-10pm
Big Picture, Belltown
Dust off your evening wear and join other young professionals at Belltown’s Big Picture for an evening of cocktails, swag (seriously, they have swag bags), and giveaways, including round-trip airfare on Horizon Air and restaurant gift certificates. Best dressed and Oscar pool winners also receive prizes.Hosted by and in support of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Puget Sound. $55-$140.
There’s a red carpet in Cinerama, but the big draw here is watching the awards on the theater’s insanely big screen while nibbling hors d’oeuvres you didn’t have to make. Dress is casual or “Hollywood-inspired attire.” Hosted by and in support of Three Dollar Bill Cinema and the Gay City Health Project. $25-$50.
An Evening With the Stars
Feb 27, 4-10pm
Hotel 1000, Downtown
Come dressed as your favorite celebrity (there are prizes involved) and enjoy a photo opp before heading into Hotel 1000 for a Ciroc cocktail, appetizers by Boka Kitchen + Bar, live entertainment, a screening of the Oscars, and, of course, the swag. Two drink tickets included, plus cocktail on arrival. Net proceeds support Reel Grrls. $75-$125.
Prefer to stay at home, maybe invite a few friends over to jeer at the TV? Here’s all you need for a quality last-minute Oscar party:
—A printable ballot of nominees, available at
—A fake Oscar for the winner of the pool, available from $7.90 at *ssaquah Trophy & Awards.
—Classy cocktails. Go old Hollywood with this recommendation from Sauced editor Jessica Voelker: a maraschino liqueur-laced Red Hook (with rye whiskey and vermouth).
—Snacks that last throughout the marathon viewing session (there are two hosts and 10 best picture nominees, so this thing could go all night). We recommend one-stop shopping atDeLaurenti Specialty Food and Wine in Pike Place Market.
The 83rd Academy Awards air Sunday, Feb 27, at 5pm PT on ABC.

Met Picks

It looks like sun for the weekend, folks. Bundle up and head out.
Here are this weekends latest local event calendar additions!

Met Picks: Eric Clapton, 300 Norman Rockwell Paintings, 'Next to Normal' -- Culture Fiend

Thursday, February 24, 2011

SBA to hold Seattle Women Entrepreneurs Summit in Renton on March 5

This event is already on the "local events calendar" tab at the top of the page, but I thought this friendly reminder was worth posting. For those interested, registration is required so don't forget to put your name down soon!

SBA to hold Seattle Women Entrepreneurs Summit in Renton on March 5

New to the market!

New to the market!
 I am proud to present this
 gorgeous Green Lake Bungalow.
Offered at $592,500 / MLS # 185330
Sited in the heart of the Green Lake neighborhood, this stylish light filled bungalow is nestled within walking distance to shops, restaurants, the lake, and more.  Featuring gleaming hardwoods, south-facing light exposure, updated kitchen, award winning interior design, the list goes on - simply too many details to mention.  Come see for yourself how wonderful life in this home can be. 
See this meticulous home below.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Latest Reside Issue

Find the latest issue of Reside here.

Head's up Ipad/Iphone users, the issue is viewed using Flash...

Cheers and enjoy!

Today's Must read: Fantastic Inc.Magazine Article.

Scrolling through some recent Twitter updates on my @SptlightSeattle page, I spotted this Inc. Magazine article.  Great read, short, simple, informative - the tittle says it all - and makes me want to buy the book!

Superb job Inc. - great story. Direct link to the article here, or see below.

-Andy Boynton and Bill Fischer, authors of The Idea Hunter, talk about the keys to successful innovation.
By Dave Smith |  @redletterdave   | Feb 23, 2011

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Andy Boynton

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Thomas EdisonWalt Disney, and Henry Fordwere some of the most brilliant innovators in our country's history; yet, Andy Boynton and Bill Fischer might argue that it was not their genius that was responsible for their iconic status, but rather their insatiable hunger for creating, developing, and sharing ideas.  Boynton and Fischer explore this notion of idea hunting in their new book, The Idea Hunter, that hits bookstores April 26.

Both authors are experts in the fields of business management and strategic leadership: Boynton and Fischer taught and worked at IMD, a leading global business school in LausanneSwitzerland, and together, they originated the DeepDive method for innovation, a brainstorming technique used by teams and companies to attack problems and generate concrete, practical, and innovative solutions in a short period of time.

Boynton, now the dean at Boston College's Carroll School of Management, and Fischer, currently a professor and program director of executive training at IMD, discussed the principles and ideas behind their book, which proposes how habitually searching through the marketplace of ideas is the true key to successful innovation.

Can you summarize the premise of your new book?

Andy Boynton:
 What we realized was that it didn't matter if someone was from finance or marketing or accounting or R&D; we were working with people who made their living based off the ideas in their head. At the end of the day, we observed through our research that great leaders are great idea hunters. They bring ideas into an organization. They bring ideas into a team. They move things forward through the power of ideas, not through their intellect or their genius. It was really about their ability to go around the world and find ideas, repurpose those ideas, and create something brand-new.

Bill Fischer: We really think that the people we run into in the course of our day-to-day work, at places like IMD or BC, the reason that they're there—the reason they get paid the money they get paid—is really about the ideas they're associated with: either their ability to bring new ideas into the organization, or their ideas or ability to put them into play. Nobody was talking about the individual; they were talking about how we do it as an organization, yet, it's the individual who comes in day to day and either moves the idea or doesn't.

Can you explain what the I-D-E-A Principles are, and how you originally formulate these principles?

 We started with the belief that habits and behaviors are more important than sheer brain power, that it's not the brightest who perform the best, but it's people who have figured out how to really prosper in an idea-rich society. What we realized was that they were not only good at getting ideas, but they were really good at infecting other people with their ideas, spreading those ideas through an organization. We had a bunch of experiences that we had gleaned from interviews, but we needed a way to package them or collect them so that they were memorable. We thought the acronym I-D-E-A did that.

AB: Essentially, we converted our observations and research and what we saw in the world—in terms of people who were really great idea hunters—as I-D-E-A. You gotta be Interested and curious; you have to have a Diverse set of sources; you have to do it Every day, it's not something you can just do episodically or periodically; and you need to be Agile.

Where can we see the I-D-E-A Principles at work?

 I see them everywhere. In the book, we talk about Scott Cook, [CEO] of Intuit, who treated every new idea, every new conversation, as if it was going to reveal potentially the most interesting idea he'd ever heard of. He's giving himself a huge advantage because if you're really interested in what other people have to say, they're more likely to tell you, and if they're more likely to tell you, you're going to hear more ideas. At IMD, our doors are glass, and the reason the doors are glass is because it's more welcoming. It gives you a higher probability of having a conversation where you'll learn something. Innovation is all about conversations. The basic building block of knowledge work is about conversations.

AB: The key is to understanding that innovation and the best ideas are results of combining old ideas and existing ideas. It's not the lone scientist or the lone genius, it's not about some mental cognitive process. Disney would go around and look through trash cans to find out which ideas are being discarded, because he felt there were some great ideas there. That's an idea hunter.

How important is collaboration in idea hunting?

 Huge. There are more ideas in my building than there are in my room, I assure you, and there's more ideas on this campus than there are in my building. So if I don't figure out a way to access or at least give me a higher probability of being exposed to those ideas, I'm doing myself a disservice.

AB: Collaboration is essential because at the end of the day, great idea hunters realize the best ideas are out there and in the heads of other people, in many cases. What they want to do is set up a diverse set of colleagues, some from very different fields and some from very similar fields, you want strong ties and weak ties, and through those collaborative ties is where those ideas come. Innovation is about the flow of ideas, not the stop of knowledge. Doesn't matter how smart people are, doesn't matter how many ideas are in a group or in an organization—If there's not collaboration, if ideas aren't flowing, there won't be innovation. Idea hunters set up that flow intentionally: Great idea hunters put themselves in a position so they will collide with great ideas. They want to wake up everyday and increase the risk that they will be hit with a great idea.

Should an idea hunter ever stop hunting? And for what reason or purpose?

 You stop hunting when you go into execution mode, to some extent. Every idea hunter needs to know, what we call their "gig," what they're all about. I'm leading a business school; if I find a good idea that can make a difference for Boston College, at some point, I go from idea hunter to leader to executes on that idea. So you hunt for ideas, then you have to be able to put them into play, then you have to be able to execute. You're always moving between these different phases, but it's not like I stop idea hunting at noon and I go into something else, they're just different things we do.

BF: Personally, I don't think [idea hunters] can stop hunting. That's the dilemma. Once you figure out what your gig is, once you figure out what your passion is, the signals are everywhere.

In the book, you discuss a strategy by Charles Munger, who believed that selling the most productive hour of your day to yourself leads to intellectual improvement, better ideas, and better innovations. How plausible is it for most businesses to spend this time idea hunting? Is it a worthwhile investment for most companies, or would it halt productivity?

 It is productivity. New ideas are at the heart of economic progress. Stanfordeconomist Paul Romer has a theory of economic growth based on the fact that the world is so much better off than it was 100 years ago because we keep coming up with new ideas. At the end of the day, we want to unleash the power of everybody in that firm being a potential idea hunter, and to be an idea hunter, you have to have space in which to find the ideas—that space might be 20 minutes, 30 minutes, or an hour. Hunting for ideas is a very productive use of one's time, given the role that ideas have in progress. With no ideas, there's no advances, and there's no innovation.

BF: For me, of all the things in the book, selling yourself the best hour of the day is one of the most profound lessons we learned. I think everybody from 3M to Gore to Pixarto Google seems to report that it really helps them. But it doesn't start with the idea of setting an hour aside; it really starts with the idea that our company is going to differentiate itself in the market by virtue of being smarter or cleverer than other people, and that's going to show up in the offerings we make to our clients. If you set the hour aside and then nothing changes in the way you go to market, pretty soon people are going to figure that out, and they're not going to use that time for new ideas. It's not going to be effective for the company.

In the idea hunt, how important is competition?

 It's essential, because without it, there's no incentive. Idea hunters are motivated to differentiate themselves to improve their brand, to do things better, whatever it is, because they're in competition with others. They want to be more effective at what they do, that's the basic incentive for idea hunting. Without competition, why bother hunting for ideas? At the end of it, the United States is largely effective because in the system we have, when people come up with great ideas, they get tremendous awards for it.

BF: In one way, I don't think [competition] is all that important. My sense is that people who know what their gig is are driven by their desire to pursue that dream, that passion. It's not about competition; it's about trying to be really better in the pursuit of your passion. In my respects, what you see is the communities of shared interests that grow out of that are not competitive, but very collaborative. I don't think that for idea creation, competition matters; where I think it matters is in building the other part of the conversational environment that moves those ideas faster and rewards people for contributing those ideas.

What do you hope people take away from this book?

 The smartest guys in the room are not necessarily the smartest guys in the room. It's that habits and behavior are more important than sheer brain power, in terms of being effective and working with ideas.

AB: This destroys the myth that innovation is about genius. It empowers and should motivate everyone to realize the ideas are out there to get, absolutely for free, if only you can find them. In a way, it's liberating that we can all become great idea hunters and we can all make a difference in what we're trying to do. Whatever our goals are, whatever our objectives are, whatever our gig is, the ideas are there to be found. Becoming a great idea hunter is learnable, it's repeatable, and it's something you can work on every day.

Good Laughs. Great Wine

We all need a great laugh and a good glass of wine from time to time....or at least once a week!
Check out this Wednesday special.  For those who can participate, I would love to know what you think!

*This event sourced from

Club Comedy Night at Columbia Winery

posted by: Chara Michele
06:00PM-08:30PM · Columbia Winery
14030 NE 145th Street, Woodinville, WA
Club Comedy Night at Columbia Winery
Club Comediy Night at Columbia Winery -- Enjoy wine and flatbreads while being entertained by Eric Uthus, Andrew Rivers, Brian Boshes and Drew Barth. $40/person; $30/person for Cellar Club members. 425-482-7348 for reservations


Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Washington Wine Commission

Not only is the Washington Wine Commission a fantastic resource for all things WA Wine, but they are also totally connected.  Check out the new tab "social" on the header of their homepage - here.

Their announcement posted below, sourced from their site.

"Introducing SOCIAL!

You'll notice a new menu item on our website. It's "SOCIAL," a new page that contains all of our social media in one place. The goal of SOCIAL is to increase information and awareness about Washington wine by promoting two-way communication with buyers, tourists, bloggers, and media.
To see video content on Washington wineries and growers, blog reviews and news, twitter feeds and more, just clickSOCIAL."


"My Green Lake"

In keeping with yesterdays post, I thought I would share one of Seattle's finest neighborhood blogs : My Green Lake.  Leaving nothing to question, My Green Lake is the end all be all of the Green Lake blog-world (well this posters humble opinion, anyway!).  The page is broken down by user friendly and specific search terms.  So, whether you logon in search of events, pictures, stories, hot deals, new retail - they have all of it - right at the click of your mouse.  Follow this link to start exploring the online side of Green Lake.

Remember to scroll to the very bottom of the page...I almost missed more!

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