Dedication and commitment

Dedication and commitment is an important part of MOT's history. MOT would not have existed without Atle and Sigrun Vårvik's persistence and passion for MOT and MOT's purpose.

Since 1994, Atle and Sigrun have set MOT's direction and felt an extreme ownership and responsibility for MOT’s Comprehensive System and for spreading MOT to other countries in Europe, Africa, Asia and America. They have been the identity builders, culture architects and strategists for a playful, efficient and disciplined MOT team.

Over the years 1994–2019, Atle and Sigrun have been head of the development and completion of MOT's brand profile and the MOT Concept's elements, standards, recipes and formulations.

From 2020, they have continued being in charge of polishing the standards, recipes and formulations, and most importantly: continuously kept on repeating MOT's concept and brand profile within the organisations in all MOT countries.


Atle’s summary post from October 2019

MOT's first 10 000 meters – the finish line is crossed.

It began with a passion and a dream.
A passion for people.
A dream about the Olympic Games.
Then an idea.

Today, that is 25 years ago.
25 magical laps.
Most laps with good entrances and joy.
Most laps with a good flow and high pace.
A couple breathers.
A couple mistakes.
The finish line is crossed.

A milestone is reached.

The desire to give something back has always been a motivation for Sigrun and myself. We have been lucky, both when it comes to our upbringing, families and our lives in general.

Sigrun and I would not have been able to work with MOT in the way we have had it not been for our parents. They have been there for us and our two sons. We would not have been able to work in the way we have had it not been for Kristian and Johann who made it simple for us to be their mother and father. Towards the end of the 90's, Sigrun and I considered whether we wanted another child, but agreed that we would rather view MOT as our third child. We have never regretted this decision. It has been a gift to contribute to strengthening youth's lives while also giving something valuable back to society. We feel privileged to have been a part of something so much greater than ourselves.

The unlimited freedom and absolute trust has contributed to our feeling of ownership, joy and great motivation. We have felt an extreme commitment and responsibility for MOT.

A dream has come true when the rough development of the MOT Concept and MOT's brand profile was completed in 2019. It will never be completely finished, but in the future, it will be more about enhancing than changing. And more than anything, it will be about outstanding implementation.

Another dream that has come true is that MOT now exists in Europe, Africa, Asia and America.

A third dream that has come true is that young adults, who have experienced MOT since they were 12-13 years old, are now central leaders in MOT. We are confident that MOT will be preserved in the right way in an eternal perspective, independent of us. It is a good feeling and a liberation.

I am very grateful that for 25 years I have had an unlimited freedom to obtain insight and to develop and create MOT. MOT would not have existed in the way it does today had it not been for this absolute trust. It has made it easy to exercise a dynamic, flexible and efficient leadership. It has made it easy to be an action orientated entrepreneur, who has moved quickly from plan to implementation. It has made it easy to see contexts and comprehensiveness from a creative perspective and given me great room to test and be experimenting and visionary. It has made it simple to combine the use of flair, observations, conversations, literature, research and reflection around academic studies and experiences made on the way.

I have loved making the thousands of decisions through these 25 years. I have loved that others have shared their ideas with me. I have loved listening and talking to people. And I have loved to develop, educate and influence for 25 years.

25 years of innovation and change before we had to, has been a success for MOT.

Without tradition, art is a flock of sheep without a shepherd. Without innovation, it is a corpse. – Winston Churchill