It is important when entering a coaching relationship that manager or executive coach is also committed to the process of being coached.  They should “have fierce desire to learn” as stated in the Harvard Business Review Research Report, in order to be open to the feedback given by the assessment methodology.  Finally, the manager or executive needs to have an open-mind to solving problems.  Given the goals of enlisting an executive coach is to prepare for the next position or role, or to be more effective within the organization, it is important that the coached manager or executive can demonstrate an ability to welcome new ideas to solve problems.