By Jessica Shambora
July 10, 2008

“When it comes to specific advice, the best was from a former boss, who told me, “Don’t view your career as a linear progression.” He advised me to take horizontal rather than vertical steps: to try out situations that are unstructured; to learn different ways of working; and to get outside of headquarters and really experience different cultures.”

— IBM

Chairman and CEO Sam Palmisano shared this with Fortune as part of the 2005 Best Advice I Ever Got cover package.

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