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

Share your thoughts openly

Make your complex thoughts plain for your friend to understand. Don’t expect your friend decipher your thinking.

Focus on the details

Don’t focus on the big picture or the theory– instead bring it to the actionable details and to-dos.

Be gentle and affirming

Your friend may take offense at your words when you are too critical or insensitive. Adopt a gentle and affirming tone with engaging your friend.

Acknowledge your friend’s contribution

Your friend has contributed and supported many people behind the scenes without recognition. Acknowledge it when you see it. 

Respect the need for stability

Your friend is more uncomfortable with change. If change is necessary, give your friend time and space to make adjustments.