Power Point: Take horizontal steps in your career

July 10, 2008, 8:04 PM UTC

“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.