`It's Like Climbing The Himalayas'

Standing in front of a meeting of 150 skeptical factory workers, Joseph Abramovich Bakaleynik is not having an easy time. The deeply suspicious Russians can't understand why he wants to be their boss. Why should a 42-year-old Harvard University MBA be keen to trade his comfortable, well-paying position at the International Finance Corp. in Washington for a $3,600-a-year job rescuing an all but bankrupt tractor factory? One middle-aged worker shouts at him: "If you have any doubts, let's settle them now!"

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