On the ball!

with Srini Raghavan

Let the stronger man give to the man whose need is greater,

let him gaze upon the lengthening path of life.

For riches roll like the wheels of a chariot, turning from one to another.
- Rig Veda, 1st Century BC

On the BALL! (Best Advice & Life Lessons) is a podcast about best advice and lessons from world-class performers, builders and leaders from various fields, deconstructing and teasing out their routines, habits, tactics, techniques, hacks, tricks, secrets and the best advice or life lesson they’ve ever received — so that you can use and apply to your own life and work.



Bob is the Corporate Vice President of the Microsoft 365 Growth & Experience org. Bob joined Microsoft in 1993 after he graduated from UW with a Bachelor’s and from London School of Economics with a Master’s degree. He is a founding member of what became Office 365 and has occupied leadership positions since its inception to becoming a fast-growing multi-billion-dollar business, perhaps the biggest enterprise SaaS business - with millions of customers and hundreds of millions of users.
He is the ultimate “customer leader” at Microsoft long before there were formal roles around customer success and customer engagements.

Bob shares his best advice and lessons "Work to live, not live to work", on growing hyperscale SaaS, leadership, learning from mistakes, first things first and many more inspiring life lessons.


Lan heads #MicrosoftTeams Calling, Meetings and Devices group. She leads a team of world-class product managers and engineers who are obsessed with making workplace communications simpler and more inclusive.
In this extremely insightful podcast Lan shares her best advice & lessons on building and running a hyperscale enterprise service, her career journey from art to computer science, success habits, role models, mentors and her "There's always a way" approach to solving some of the toughest problems.

Jeff leads product & engineering teams for Microsoft 365, including #MicrosoftTeams, #OneDrive, and #SharePoint, that empower more than one billion people around the world to collaborate at work, home, and school.

In this podcast Jeff shares his best advice & lessons from his journey at Microsoft, turning points in his career, building great products, leadership lessons, advice for aspiring software engineers, insights from multibillion dollar product categories like SharePoint and much more. Don't miss his advice on running effective reviews & meetings.

Walt Mossberg is known as the kingmaker of tech products. Yes, we recorded the podcast using #MicrosoftTeams
pioneered the modern, consumer-focused, technology review and commentary. In this episode he shares his best advice & lessons on how to be entrepreneurial in a big company, doing what you love even in a large company, the power of personal brand, sharp insights from some of the industry leaders like Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Jeff Hawkins & others.

Lex gillette

Imagine you're 8 years old slowly losing your eyesight, while many of your friends could be seen riding bicycles, shooting baskets, or frolicking on nearby playgrounds.

Lex Gillette is the best totally blind long and triple jumper in the history of the U.S. Paralympic movement. He is the current world record holder in long jump, a four-time Paralympic medalist, a three-time long jump world champion, and an 18-time national champion. He is an athlete, motivational speaker, and singer song writer.

Lex shares his best advice and lessons "No need for sight, when you have a vision", on courage in the face of extreme adversity, motivation, optimism, being black while blind and many more inspiring life lessons.

Would love to hear what you think.