Here’s how you can connect with your friend better:

Give time to reflection

When you ask your friend a question, don’t expect an immediate answer. Instead, give time for your friend to give a thoughtful response.

Say it more tactfully

Your straightforward or frank words may offend your friend unintentionally. Give negative feedback tactfully.

Acknowledge the work your friend does behind the scenes

Your friend does a lot of work behind the scenes. Acknowledge these efforts as when you notice them.

Give them solitude

Your friend’s best work is done alone. Resist the temptation to interrupt your friend when he/she is doing work.

Give clear scope of work

When you allocate tasks to your friend, make sure the roles and responsibilities are clearly defined. Ensure no one else is doing duplicate work.