…you might want to make sure you’ve sent that bitchy, accusatory e-mail to the right person. Cow-orker, I only say this to you because I’m real.
Make sure that what happened is actually the *other * person’s fault before you go on an all-out tirade and accuse that person’s whole department of being incompetent and having “issues” with productivity, communication and brains. Make absolutely sure it’s not a matter of one of your underlings fucking up and then hiding it, only to have it exposed when the other division coughs up the smoking gun: the e-mail from two months ago from said underling - your underling. (It was beautiful, by the way.)
Also, before you make the decision to hit “send” to distribute that well-crafted but misguided rant, make sure you really, really want to copy everyone and their supervisor on up to the Executive Suite on that trickily worded e-mail. Once you hit “send”, my friend, you can’t get it back. If you’re prepared to accuse in public, be prepared to prove. (I gather you didn’t do that, based on the wildly yammering grapevine…)
If you fail to heed these words of advice, which you obviously did, please do not act surprised and have a hysterical meltdown when you get your ass kicked for not doing your homework before throwing out nasty accusations for everyone to read. Other Big Suits who head up other important-y, Big Departments and outrank you tend to not like other Big Suits with overdeveloped senses of authority taking potshots at the way they run their departments, and I’m pretty sure they don’t like being public recipients of blanket accusations of stupidity and incompetence.
In reality, naturally, I assume nothing of real consequence will happen to you. For a transgression of this nature, I figure the most that will happen is you might - and that’s a big might - be told to send an e-mail of apology in which you apologize if anyone took offense at your remarks, we are all here to work together, and in the future, any concerns about your department should be brought directly to you and not by way of forwarding communications one perceives as unprofessional/rude directly to Senor CEO. 'Cause, you know, that’s just unprofessional.
ETA: I didn’t really say this to her. I just come here to bitch about it.