Personally, my prime example of this is Apple. I’m really no fan of Apple and sort of despise the Mac culture, but boy you’ve got to hand it to them. They do know how to design slick hardware, generate a consumer frenzy, and cultivate a devoted following. They know their business. They know how to make money.
Another example might be Barry Bonds. I certainly don’t like the guy; I think he’s a lier and a cheater, should be booted from baseball, and his records thrown out, but I’ve got to hand it to him. The guy knows how to hit home runs. No amount of steroids makes hitting 700+ home runs a trivial feat.
Maybe even: I’m no fan of the Republican administration of this country, but I’ve got to hand it to them – they know how to manipulate the American public and push the very limits of what they can get away with.
IMHO, I think that statements like these are a key indicator of a rational person. Basically that no matter how much I might dislike someone or something, I can still recognize what it does well. Credit where credit is due, and all that. Even, as in the last example, where what I give credit for might be something negative and be, in itself, a barb at them, there’s no sarcasm or irony. I truly due appreciate their prowess on the matter.
How about you?