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

Give equal airtime

If you are dominating a conversation, ask your friend a question to give him/her attention and let your friend speak too.

Be more serious at work

Your friend is completely no nonsense when it comes to work. Try to act more seriously around your friend if you guys are working on a project together.

Don’t challenge in public

Your friend views any challenge from you as a threat to his/her authority and therefore will respond negatively. If you are playing the devil’s advocate, speak to him/her privately.

Come to a conclusion

Try to give your friend closure with deadlines, schedules or decisions. Don’t let things stay open for too long.

Give time to adjust

Unlike you, your friend needs time to adjust to changes. Don’t expect him/her to be as flexible or adaptable as you. Give time and space to adapt.