Vision, Mission, & Purpose
Polymath helps small businesses with their business strategy and profit planning.
The Polymath VISION (Our WHY) is to make the world a better place, built on a foundation of thriving small businesses.
We fulfill our MISSION (HOW) in three ways:
We educate business owners to lead healthy businesses with healthy, happy teams.
We partner in collaborative relationships as trusted advisor on the journey to fulfillment, success, and profit.
We train others in our professional community on how to redefine our industry and raise the bar, thus helping more businesses all over the world.
Our PURPOSE is to
Empower your Passion
Ingrid Edstrom started Polymath LLC in 2008, with the intention to provide high quality and much needed accounting consultation services to struggling local businesses. Since then, Polymath has been growing and refining to specialize in business strategy for the tours and activities industry worldwide.
Polymath’s Immutable Laws
& Core Values
The answer is always LOVE. Whatever else is going on, we acknowledge and trust that we have each other’s best interests, including health, happiness, and sanity, held in top priority at all times. We take it slowly, and let each other earn our trust. We each serve Polymath, and Polymath takes care of us in turn. We place the interest of the group over our personal interests in the moment, knowing that this serves each of us more fully in the long term.
Freedom and Accountability are ONE. Each member of the team is responsible for maintaining their own freedom, and can request assistance from other team members when feeling stuck. We do not play the blame game. Taking responsibility is the highest form of empowerment. We honor our commitments and make follow through our top priority in all things. We want to be here, and we thrive by choosing to do our best each day. When our personal freedom is in alignment with our company purpose, it will be clear through our joyful enthusiasm and attitude of gratitude.
The Journey of Four - Our business problems are our personal problems in disguise. When you have these four components everything else will follow much more easily. We each work toward being whole, healthy, and complete. Each team member must be willing to do the deep work, otherwise everything else is a symptom of a greater problem.
- Self Awareness
- Interest in ongoing self discovery & improvement
- Willingness to step outside of comfort zones
- Genuine interest in helping others through the impact of our work
This is a learning environment. We learn and grow together. In order to do that, we must be willing to take risks and fail, and we need to try again with even more enthusiasm. We admit what we do not know without shame or judgement, and we value this as an opportunity for constant growth and improvement in alignment with the Journey of Four.
See Something, Say Something. We practice positive, assertive communication using the Four Agreements.
- Be impeccable with your word.
- Don’t take anything personally.
- Don’t make assumptions.
- Always do your best.
We offer each other gifts of insight and trust that our feedback is valuable. We understand that confrontation is a positive interaction, which may have a momentary negative emotional response.
What is a Polymath?
noun 1. a person of great and varied learning; 2. a person of learning in several fields of study; polyhistor.; 3. a renaissance person;
Origin: 1615–25; < Gk polymaths learned, having learned much, equiv. to poly- poly- + -mathēs, adj. deriv. of manthánein to learn
Related forms: pol⋅y⋅math⋅ic, adjective
What Our Clients Have to Say…
Polymath brings me great peace…
Polymath is really future focused. They are really on the bleeding edge of the technology for their field, which is impressive for such a small company. At first I was confused, thinking that I was working with a bookkeeper. The bookkeeping title is a handicap; it downplays their value so much. They are literally changing the definition of what it means to be a bookkeeper. When it comes to accounting, Polymath is about as far from old-school as you can get. I love the clarity of the Profit Assessment and Advisory services. It is such a relief from the worry that our funds won’t last long term, especially with taxes. Having that level of an organization system and someone to help me manage it brings me great peace.
Can’t Imagine Any Other Way
Now that we have Profit First set up in our business, I can’t imagine why anyone would do it any other way. It sets clear tangible guidelines on the money movement and eliminates the tendency to manipulate money flow. I like to take complicated things and simplify them so this fits perfectly.
Ingrid is an excellent resource for your business.
Polymath is great for organizing the financial and record keeping side of your business. Ingrid never ceases to impress me. She knows her craft and has high integrity.
Love Our Monthly Calls!
I have absolutely loved our monthly calls. I get so much out of each session from both you and the others. I love the hot seat sessions because I think that focused attention is key in breaking through some of the issues each of us is having. You have such a natural way of teaching and such a genuine enthusiasm for helping us that I can’t help but be motivated and encouraged.
Good financials are critical for even the smallest business.
Ever been audited? I have. Came out fine, but I spent countless hours and thousands of dollars dealing with it. If it happens again it’ll be simple to deal with. Do yourself a favor and sign up for Ingrid’s classes. It’s a good feeling knowing your records are clean, where your money is going, and that you aren’t the only one working to protect your interests.
It turns out we didn’t hire a consultant…
It turns out we didn’t hire a consultant. We hired a shamanic witch-priestess to perform an exorcism and resurrection on our dying company.
Frequently Asked Questions
Polymath is a virtual and paperless firm. Our standard hours are from 10-4 Pacific Time Monday through Thursday, and we are closed most holidays. Sometimes we close for lunch, and sometimes we love our work so much we might send an email at an obscure hour. That is part of the beauty of being an entrepreneur! If we are not currently available and you have a question, you can leave a voice-mail or send us an email and someone will get back to you the next business day. Contact Us Here.