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Elena
Elena Gubanova, Lifestyle Designer and Career Coach
As a certified career coach and social psychologist with a previous background of 10 years in recruitment and the executive search industry, Elena currently works with Russian-speaking professionals all around the world to assist themin rethinking and redesigning their lives and careers. She is an Associate Certified Coach of the International CoachFederation (ACC, ICF) and the author and trainer of an online course dedicated to professional self-determination thathas been taken by dozens of participants from more than 20 countries. www.egubanova.com
COMPLETE HAPPINESS

COMPLETE HAPPINESS

(September—October 2018)
Once my husband, kids, and I went on a trip to Israel. In Tel Aviv we visited a chocolate cafe, whereall menu items were made of chocolate. They had a pizza made of chocolate and marshmallows.Even the serving dishes were made of chocolate. There was a big chocolate fountain in the centerof the room. The walls were filled with pictures illustrating the process of making chocolate andvarious chocolate desserts. A deep, sweet chocolate aroma filled the air.
THE ART AND SCIENCE OF QUESTIONING

THE ART AND SCIENCE OF QUESTIONING

(July—August 2018)
We live in a culture of answers. Traditionally, leaders and experts—people who are considered tobe influential in today’s society—have been viewed as the ones who have the answers. So we goto them when we need advice or want to learn something. However, in today’s rapidly changingworld, stock answers become obsolete as quickly as any other type of information, which forcesus to continue our never-ending quest for the newest and best answers. But in order to get an intelligible, decisive answer, we need to be able to ask the right question—one that can become adoor to a world of new opportunities.
THE ESSENCE OF COACHING

THE ESSENCE OF COACHING

(May—June 2018)
Coaching, born in the United States and Great Britain, is only a few decades old. This young profession took shape in the last quarter of the twentieth century under the substantial influence ofmodern fields of science such as the neurosciences, positive psychology, and the powerful mindfulness trend. And since I often encounter instances where people confuse the new professionwith psychotherapy or consulting, or sincerely do not understand what it is that they have to payfor “if it’s only a conversation,” I, as a representative of this profession, have undertaken to clarifythe situation.
LIFE AS A MASTERPIECE

LIFE AS A MASTERPIECE

(November—December 2018)
A friend of mine is a scholar of modern art who lives in London. Our time together is always interesting. I am partial to the arts, and she is abreast of all that goes on in that world. When I visitedher recently, she told me that the London Gagosian was showing giant wax candle sculpturesby artist Urs Fischer. The exhibit highlights one of his recent works. It is a larger-than-life candlecast in the image of Dasha Zhukova, the artist’s personal friend, an ex-wife of Russian billionaireRoman Abramovich and the founder of a Moscow modern art museum called Garage. The sculpture, eponymously titled Dasha, is wearing a pink dress and sitting in a simple chair. Her headhas a wick that will be lit at the opening of the exhibit. The giant candle will slowly burn for severalmonths, until the closing of the show.