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

Speak your mind

Your silence may be misinterpreted by your friend as judgement or disapproval. Speak your mind to clear any doubts.

Make it plain

Avoid abstract ideas or theories and make your point plainly. Break down your thoughts to actionable steps if possible.

Give specific instructions

Don’t just give the big picture – give your friend specific instructions to follow so that there is a clear path of action.

It’s how you say it

Your critique has the best of intentions but may be misunderstood as insensitivity or offensive. Say things in a positive manner.

Respect the need for tradition

Your friend has a high respect for tradition and the status quo. If you seek to change certain processes, explain the reasoning to your friend and give him/her time and space to adjust.